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Gallop confirms Matildas’ US tour cancellation

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Football Federation Australia (FFA) chief executive David Gallop has confirmed the Matildas’ tour of the United States has been called off.

Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) chief executive Adam Vivian on Wednesday said the Australian national women’s football team had made the decision to withdraw from the tour, saying the players felt they had no option other than to abandon the fixtures.

Gallop said the FFA was confident on Thursday of reaching a compromise with the players to save the tour, but 11th-hour negotiations failed to rescue the clash with the world champion USA team.

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He said the wage increases the PFA was asking for were not sustainable, and that it is “nonsense” that the Matildas have been caught up in wage claims for male players.

“Sadly, the Matildas will not be playing the USA because FFA and the A-League clubs can’t meet the PFA’s unaffordable demands in relation to the level of the salary cap for A-League players,” Gallop said in a statement.

“This is a competition in which the clubs lost a collective $17 million last season.

“What we have today is an extraordinary situation in which the two male playing groups in the Socceroos and A-League continue to be paid by FFA and A-League clubs, but the female players aren’t being paid. This could have been fixed today if the PFA had accepted the interim deal.

“The Matildas alone are the ones being directly affected as a result of the whole of game CBA talks not being resolved.”

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