Leigh Matthews under fire after suggesting men’s sport shouldn’t help fund women’s sport

December 19, 2016 7:26pm
Leigh Matthews has come under fire for his comments. Picture: Jason Edwards
Leigh Matthews has come under fire for his comments. Picture: Jason Edwards

FOOTBALL legend Leigh Matthews has been slammed for questioning whether revenue generated from men’s sport should be used to fund women’s competition.

Matthews landed himself in a sexism row after suggesting on twitter that women’s sport needed to pay its own way rather than rely on financial support from the men.

AFL players and Australia’s cricketers are currently locked in a pay standoff with their respective organisations, with Cricket Australia today suspending talks with the players’ union.

The AFL Players’ Association is not backing down from its demand for a fixed percentage of the game’s rising revenue, with strike action not ruled out.

Female footballers fought for an $8500 base salary for the inaugural AFLW season after rejecting the original offer of $5000.

The AFL salary cap in 2016 was $10.37 million — plus marketing allowances of $1.02 million — with the average wage $300,000.

Marquee players will earn up to $27,000 — including a $10,000 ambassadorial contract.

WBBL players earn between $7000 and $15,000.

Matthews later clarified his stance.

But his comments came under fire, with even pointing out his opinion goes against the AFL’s equalisation measures.

Women athletes told the Herald Sun they had to juggle sport and work because they were underpaid.