Dutch football legend Frank de Boer labels equal pay between men and women in football 'ridiculous'

Frank de Boer was sacked by Crystal Palace after just ten weeks as manager (PA Images)
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Frank de Boer believes the idea that men and women should receive equal pay in football is 'ridiculous'.

The United States women's team, who won the World Cup back in July, recently filed a lawsuit against US soccer for gender discrimination.

But De Boer, who currently manages Atlanta United and played for Ajax, Barcelona and The Netherlands in an illustrious playing career, does not believe levelling the playing field for women is deserved.

Speaking to The Guardian, De Boer said: "I think for me, it's ridiculous.

“It’s the same like tennis. If there are watching, for the World Cup Final, 500 million people or something like that and 100 million for a women’s final, that’s a difference. So it’s not the same.

"And of course they have to be paid what they deserve to [earn] and not less, just what they really deserve. If it’s just as popular as the men they will get it because the income and the advertising will go into that. But it’s not like that, so why do they have to earn the same? I think it’s ridiculous. I don’t understand that.”

The Dutchman then expanded on his beliefs by suggesting the movement in modern football is reflective of the gender inequality in broader society.

“I think it started because a woman [was] getting underpaid, especially at [managerial] positions,” he added. 

“They have to earn the same as a man. I think if you have a manager position for a bank or something, you have to earn the same what the men did because it’s not physically, just only here [points to head], so why do you have to earn less, because you’re doing the same job as a man?

"I think that’s also dropped a little bit into the sports world, like tennis and soccer. But I think that’s still different.”