Soccer Team Penalized for #EqualPay Jerseys

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A Vermont high school soccer team was dealt automatic yellow cards on Friday for displaying t-shirts with a #equalpay slogan. 

The Burlington Free Press reports that the Burlington High School girls soccer team celebrated a goal by pulling off their uniform tops to reveal white jerseys with the slogan on them, joining in the effort started by the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team to call attention to the gender wage gap. 

Referees issued yellow cards to four Burlington players, as required by rule for anyone removing a jersey during a game. Opposing South Burlington scored the equalizer two minutes after the penalties, and went on to win the game — but the stunt was no less effective. The crowd began chanting the slogan, and many of them were wearing #equalpay jerseys of their own, part of a fundraising campaign spearheaded by the soccer team. More than 500 jerseys were sold, including to Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy and his wife, Marcelle

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