Males in enterprise class, girls in economic system
The primary mixed-sex tour in Barcelona soccer membership’s historical past has run afoul of girls’s workforce followers – after it emerged solely the lads flew in enterprise class.
The membership posted shiny promotional video of the lads’s and ladies’s groups boarding their US-bound aircraft collectively.
However on board, after a photograph op, the ladies have been nowhere to be seen in the remainder of the video.
Images posted to the feminine gamers’ Instagram accounts, nevertheless, confirmed their workforce flying in economic system.
The division was noticed by eagle-eyed supporters of the ladies’s workforce, who requested why the lads – a few of whom have been from the “B workforce” as top-rated gamers have been resting after the World Cup – bought preferential remedy.
One fan-run account which tweeted extensively in regards to the subject, @BarcaWomen, instructed that if there weren’t sufficient seats, probably the most senior gamers from each groups ought to have been allotted enterprise class seating.
However the feminine gamers themselves got here out in defence of their membership.
Alexia Putellas instructed Spanish information outlet Mundo Deportivo that the ladies’s workforce had been added to the tour at a later date – and that the membership had “to organise all the pieces virtually on the final minute”.
Barcelona stated there merely weren’t sufficient enterprise class seats on the aircraft as soon as the ladies’s workforce joined the tour – and that it had allotted two to 3 seats every for each feminine participant in economic system class for his or her consolation.
The incident is a possible embarrassment for the soccer membership, which has been selling its dedication to girls’s soccer and this historic joint tour.
Forward of the primary sport of the US tour, the 2 groups skilled collectively at amenities in Portland, sharing “area and prominence”, as Barcelona put it.
“It is one thing that reaffirms Barca’s dedication to girls’s soccer,” Putellas instructed Mundo Deportivo.
“Barca is a superb membership and the excursions are additionally nice, travelling with the primary workforce and being on the identical amenities is synonymous with a very good stage.”
The groups are on their US tour in Portland from 24 to 26 July, earlier than transferring on to Los Angeles between 27 and 29 July.
El Mundo experiences that Barcelona has made certain there are sufficient first-class seats for all of the gamers of each sexes on that flight.
The lads’s workforce are set to play Tottenham within the Worldwide Champion’s Cup, whereas the ladies compete towards SoCal FC within the Girls’s Premier Soccer League.