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Megan Rapinoe Slams FIFA: “FIFA Doesn’t Care About Women’s Football”

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Megan Rapinoe Slams FIFA: “FIFA Doesn’t Care About Women’s Football”

U.S. soccer star and World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe slams FIFA for including obscure striker Deyna Castellanos in the final three candidates for the Best FIFA Women’s Player of 2017 award.

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The final three nominees are Rapinoe’s U.S. teammate Carli Lloyd, Dutch forward Lieke Martens and rising Venezuelan star Castellanos.

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Castellanos, an 18-year-old college player from Florida State is among the finalist for the prestigious award. Furthermore causing Rapinoe’s frustration towards the award and FIFA.

“The award just doesn’t hold a lot of weight when you’ve got someone on the list I’ve never heard of,” Rapinoe, an outspoken social activist who supported Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful protest movement last season by taking a knee during the national anthem for both club and country, told BBC Sport.

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Also, Castellanos has never represented Venezuela at the senior or under-20 level. However, she has 14 goals in 15 games so far for Florida State this season. Additionally, she has six goals in nine games for Santa Clarita Blue Heat.

Rapinoe adds “It signals to us and it signals to the rest of the world that FIFA doesn’t really care.

“If some random male player, who was not even a full professional, was nominated, I’m sure they would step in for that, so it’s disappointing that the same hasn’t been done for us.”

Rapinoe, added Castellanos’ inclusion demonstrates football’s governing body is “old, male and stale.”

The awards recognize performances between November 2016 and August 2017. FIFA will present the award on Monday at a ceremony at the London Palladium.

In addition to Rapinoe, Australian player Sam Kerr also criticized the award saying: “Not surprised really, it’s FIFA.” Kerr became the all-time leading scorer in the National Women’s Soccer League in the U.S.

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Why Include Her?

There is no reason to include Castellanos in the Best FIFA player award as she does not play professional soccer. Despite her accomplishments, her success comes from representing Venezuela at the FIFA Under-17 Womene’s World Cup. Here is where she produced one of the most sensational goals against Cameron during the tournament. Her only nomination should be for the Puskas Award for best goal. Her nomination feels premature, however, particularly given the caliber of those to miss out.

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