“F**k Yes Sara” – Soccer Superstar, Who Received Megan Rapinoe’s Support Over Unpaid Salary During Pregnancy, Wins Landmark Judgement Against Team, Fans Ecstatic

Published 01/18/2023, 4:30 AM EST
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Soccer as a sport is gradually gaining popularity in America. Female soccer stars like Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe have been very vocal about women’s soccer in America. However, the fact that male and female players need to have equal rights as soccer players is a given. In recent news, soccer fans have just gotten to know about Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir’s unfortunate experience with her soccer club, Lyon while she was pregnant.

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While the Iceland soccer star received justice for the same, Megan Rapinoe immediately publicly criticized the OL Groupe on social media.

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Megan Rapinoe joins the fans and slams the OL board!

Just a few hours ago, The Players Tribune released an exclusive interview with Sara. During that interview, Sara narrated her story about when she was pregnant. She spoke about Lyon holding back her wages and refusing to pay her. The Iceland soccer revealed that she had returned back to Iceland after confirming her pregnancy. However, she was surprised after her salary was never credited to her account for the months that followed.

After returning back to France, the soccer club threatened Sara saying they would terminate her contract if she reported the issue to FIFPRO. However, Sara didn’t budge at all and reported the issue. In a recent landmark judgment, Lyon was ordered to pay Sara €82,094.82.

Many soccer fans from around the world appreciated Sara’s courage and publicly slammed the OL Groupe. Let’s have a look at how the fans reacted to the judgment.

 

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Every single soccer fan is in favor of Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir. Soccer fans have rightfully asked the OL soccer board for an answer. USMNT soccer star, Megan Rapinoe also slammed and criticized the board for their unacceptable and “Utterly disgraceful” behavior.

Sara’s unfortunate experience with Lyon

During her exclusive interview with The Players Tribune, Sara revealed that she always wanted to play for Wolfsburg and Lyon. After spending four successful seasons in Germany, the Iceland soccer star managed to make a move to Lyon. Her career got off to a bright start in France after Sara won the French league title and the Champions League in her first season.

However, she then realized she was pregnant. Sara only told her team doctor and the physios. However, after a few months, Sara had to reveal her secret because her health started to fluctuate because of her pregnancy. Lyon’s board allowed Sara to travel back to her hometown. But, a month later Sarah realized that she hadn’t received her salary.

This continued to happen for the following months. After multiple failed attempts to contact the club, they finally responded and said that they do not owe Sara any money whatsoever. They also warned the soccer star by saying that her future at Lyon might have to be reconsidered if she reported the issue.

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Sarah asked herself, “Wait, did I just lose my job??”. The Iceland soccer pro could not believe what was happening. She then raised the issue to FIFPRO who ultimately sided with the player. A few months later FIFPRO ordered the French soccer club to pay Sarah the amount that they owed her in its entirety. Sarah left the club at the end of the 2022 season and joined the Italian soccer club, Juventus FC.

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Watch this story: Serena Williams’ and Natalie Portman’s Success With ACFC Inspires Another Female-Led Group to Invest in Women’s Soccer

Do you think Sara received her justice? Or is there still a lot more left to do? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Daniel D'Cruz

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Daniel D'Cruz is a Sports Writer at EssentiallySports. Having earned his Bachelor's Degree in Mass Media and a Post Graduate Diploma in Event Planning and Experiential Marketing from St. Xavier's College, Daniel went on to have a brief stint working in the Event Industry.

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