Barcelona slammed on Twitter for alleged discrimination against women’s team

first_imgFC Barcelona faced the wrath of social media, some even alleging discrimination, after it surfaced that their women’s team flew in economy class while the men enjoyed the business class on the same flight.The men and women’s teams of Barcelona were flying out for their first-ever mixed pre-season tour in the United States with both the teams set to train at Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon this week.Even as they were seemingly pushing forward women football, they came under immense criticism for putting the women’s team in the economy class.Photograph surfaced on social media where women’s could be seen travelling in the economy class of the flight while the club had earlier posted a photo of the men in business class.Yeah – the men’s team is mostly players from the Barça B men’s team, but the senior women’s team gets Economy!ça Women (@BarcaWomen) July 24, 2018There was a team captains’ photo in Business Class, before the men assumed their Business Class seats & the women returned to their Economy Seats.ça Women (@BarcaWomen) July 24, 2018With the photograph going viral, Barcelona were subjected to immense slamming with Twitter users calling it “totally disgraceful”.Totally disgraceful.Fatima Rosales Naya (@pasmonauta) July 26, 2018two teams, one travels in business class and the other in economy class, but yeah same spirit…Wolf of Camp Nou (@Wolf_CampNou) July 25, 2018The club can surely afford decent seats for everyone?advertisementEl Niko II (@el_nikoII) July 26, 2018SexistSanjeev Adi Maharaj (@Adideva3) July 26, 2018Oh that’s not nice that’s sexual discrimination shame on them!CP Warren (@cpwecho) July 26, 2018However, following the uproar, Barcelona spokesman Josep Vives said the women’s team flew in economy rather than business because they were a late addition to the tour and they had already contracted a charter flight.He said the club deserved more praise for their steps to promote the women’s team and promised that their women’s team will travel first class for the remainder of their US tour.”They travelled comfortably, as they said, and from now they will all travel first class on the internal flights,” he told a news conference.”We should be valued for the steps we have taken in women’s sport. We are working towards equality in many aspects, and we think that generating controversy over an issue like this is merely a way to attack us.”Our Men’s and Women’s teams took center stage Wednesday at @Nike World Headquarters #TheMagiciansOfTheBall Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 26, 2018Maria Teixidor, director of the women’s team, defended the club from what she called cynical criticism.”To all of you who these days decided to criticise the conditions of the women’s team’s trip, I say that Barca asked its female team to travel with its male team so that in the future they can travel in business class on their own plane,” Teixidor wrote in a letter on the club’s official website.”That will be the day we can talk about equality because women’s sport will have the same media coverage, sponsorship deals and fan interest as men’s sport…Two teams, the same [email protected]@FCBFemeniForça Barça!#TheMagiciansOfTheBall Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 25, 2018″Until that day arrives, it would be nice for those who criticise us today could recognise the effort that the club is making today to promote women’s sport. Until then, we ask for less cynicism.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

World Cup 2019 final tickets: James Neesham requests India fans to avoid profiteering from resale

first_imgNew Zealand all-rounder James Neesham took to social media and made an appeal to Indian cricket fans to resell their tickets for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final if they no longer wanted to watch it from the stands on the official platform for resale.India fans had purchased a large number of tickets for the World Cup 2019 final scheduled to be held at Lord’s in London. While India were favourites to play the final, Virat Kohli’s men were stunned in the semi-final by New Zealand in Manchester on Wednesday.Nearly 15,000 tickets out of 30,000 for the World Cup 2019 final at Lord’s were originally bought by the Indian fans. 41 percent of the ticket holders were registered as India supporters, according to The Guardian.Neesham requested the Indian fans to sell their World Cup 2019 final tickets to “genuine cricket fans” in case they aren’t interested.”Dear Indian cricket fans. If you don’t want to come to the final anymore then please be kind and resell your tickets via the official platform. I know it’s tempting to try to make a large profit but please give all genuine cricket fans a chance to go, not just the wealthy,” Neesham tweeted.Dear Indian cricket fans. If you don’t want to come to the final anymore then please be kind and resell your tickets via the official platform. I know it’s tempting to try to make a large profit but please give all genuine cricket fans a chance to go, not just the wealthyadvertisement Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) July 12, 2019International Cricket Council had said that the tickets for the final between England and New Zealand have already been sold for more than £2,000 on websites like StubHub and Viagogo.While fans are expected to resell their tickets on the official website of the cricket body, the final tickets are being resold for more than 50 times the original value.Notably, the semi-final between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Thursday saw a lot of Indian fans at the stands as most of them had bought tickets for the 2nd semi-final well in advance.It seemed India would play the 2nd semi-final at Edgbaston but they leapfrogged Australia to finish on top of the points table on the last matchday of the group-stages and played the 1st semi-final in Manchester.Also Read | Rohit Sharma returns to India ahead of teammates after World Cup 2019 exitAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Kane Williamson, Joe Root stand a chance to eclipse Rohit Sharma as highest run-getterAlso See:last_img read more