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England, Japan women’s soccer teams wear purple in support of Canada’s labour dispute

Across the pond from the SheBelieves Cup, the England women’s national soccer team made a show of support for their Canadian counterparts.

The Lionesses, who are hosting the Arnold Clark Cup, wore purple wristbands in support of Canada’s labour dispute and in showing of gender equality in soccer. National team players were spotted sporting the wristbands ahead of their match against Italy on Sunday.

Back in the United States, the Japanese women’s national team also wanted to show support for Canada’s labour situation. The Japan players wore purple wristbands at the SheBelieves Cup during their match against the U.S. at Nashville’s GEODIS Park Sunday afternoon.

Canada started their SheBelieves Cup campaign in protest, after initially announcing they wouldn’t partake in the U.S.-based invitational tournament. The team announced a strike but were told by Canada Soccer that legal action would be taken should they refuse to play.

The Canadians took the field last Thursday against the U.S. wearing purple armbands and shirts which read “Enough is enough.” Players from both team had a moment of solidarity in the centre circle prior to Canada’s 2-0 loss at Orlando’s Exploria Stadium.

Canada will play their second game of the SheBelieves Cup on Sunday afternoon as they take on Brazil at GEODIS Park.


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