Three players leave Argentina’s national women’s football team after dispute over pay and conditions

Three Argentina women players left the national team on Monday after a dispute over pay and conditions in the camp ahead of two international friendlies. Regulars in the national team – goalkeeper Laurina Oliveiros, defender Julieta Cruz and midfielder Lorena Benitez – announced their moves as the team began preparations for friendlies against Costa Rica on Friday and June 3.

“We have reached a point where we are tired of injustice, of not being valued, of not being listened to and, worse, of being disrespected,” Cruz wrote on Instagram. “We need reforms in the Argentina women’s soccer national team and I’m not just talking about finances. I’m talking about training, lunch, breakfast,” she added.

Cruz and Benitez said they received ham, cheese sandwiches and bananas during national team training sessions, which they believe is inadequate for high-performance players. They said the Argentine Football Association told them they would not even be paid for two friendlies because the games would be at home in Buenos Aires.

Benitez said that in addition to not paying the players, their family members were being charged 5,000 pesos (five dollars) for tickets. “And there are a million things we have gone through,” the midfielder added.

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