'What men make in an hour, I make in a year' - Sweden women's footballer

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Published on April 5, 2019 - Duration: 00:46s

'What men make in an hour, I make in a year' - Sweden women's footballer

Sweden and Wolfsburg defender Nilla Fischer says that male players in Germany's top division earn the same amount in an hour as she does in a year

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'What men make in an hour, I make in a year' - Sweden women's footballer

SHOWS: STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (APRIL 3, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (Swedish) REPORTER SAYING: "You have previously said that, if you played men's football, you would have been financially independent by now.

How big do you feel the difference is between what you make and what a Bundesliga player in Germany makes?" (SOUNDBITE) (Swedish) SWEDEN DEFENDER, NILLA FISCHER, ASKED ABOUT THE ECONOMIC GAP BETWEEN MALE AND FEMALE PLAYERS: "You cannot compare it at all.

I know that if I'd played in the (German) Bundesliga for six years, I wouldn't have had any financial worries.

If I'm going to compare my club Wolfsburg with a club in the men's Bundesliga, it would be maybe Bayern Munich or Dortmund.

In terms of percentages... you can't really compare.

What they maybe make in an hour, I make in a year, or something like that." STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (APRIL 4, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 2.

NILLA FISCHER TRAINING STORY: With 30,000 tickets sold for their friendly against Germany in Stockholm this Saturday (April 6), players from the Swedish women's national team have called for unity in addressing inequality in the game.

Though women's games have drawn huge crowds recently, there is still a huge disparity in earnings between male and female players, with Wolfsburg defender Nilla Fischer telling Reuters that male players in Germany's top division earn the same amount in an hour as she does in a year.

The U.S. women's national team filed a suit in a California court in March in an effort to force the governing body there to address the issue of inequality.

Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl said that she hopes to see players that have campaigned for change during their careers to keep doing so when they have hung up their boots, and that she expects to see the economic inequalities levelled out in her lifetime.

The Swedes will contest the upcoming World Cup in France, where they will meet the defending champions U.S., Thailand and Chile in Group F.

(Production: Phil O'Connor, Francis Maguire, Mike Brock)

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