Spanish women footballers vote to strike over pay

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Spanish goalkeeper Ainhoa Tirapu (L) said it was time for women in sport to “fight for our rights”

Almost 200 women footballers in Spain’s first division have voted to strike in a disagreement over pay and conditions in the top league.

The action was supported by 93% of players employed by 16 clubs at a meeting in Madrid on Tuesday after more than a year of failed negotiations.

Clubs are proposing a minimum wage of €16,000 ($17,000; £14,000), but unions representing the players are asking for at least €20,000.

A date for the strike has not been set.

One of the unresolved issues relates to women players being recognised as full-time professional footballers.

The salaries of those on part-time contracts was also a stumbling block, the Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) said. The three unions representing the players want a minimum of €12,000, but the clubs are proposing €8,000.

“We are 100% football players, every hour of the day,” said Ainhoa ​​Tirapu, vice-president of the AFE women’s football c

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