MILLIE BRIGHT and the Lionesses have hit out at the FA after talks over bonus payments for players in the World Cup hit a brick wall.
The England Captian published a statement with all 25 players’ signatures stating they are putting negotiations on hold but will revisit the issue after the tournament.
There has been a long-running dispute between the players and the FA over the Lionesses wanting performance-related bonuses.
However, the statement comes just four days ahead of England’s Group D opening game against Haiti on July 22.
Serena Weigman’s squad wanted to situation resolved prior to the World Cup starting on Thursday.
The Euros champs have decided to put talks on hold to focus on their World Cup campaign.
In the statement tweeted on Tuesday players wrote: “We are disappointed that a resolution has still not been achieved.
“We view the successful conclusion of these discussions, through player input and a transparent long-term plan, as key for the growth of women’s football in England.
“With our opening game on the horizon, we Lionesses have decided to pause discussions, with full intentions of revisiting them following the tournament.
“We collectively feel a strong sense of responsibility to grow the game and while our focus now switches fully to the tournament ahead, we believe every tackle, pass and goal will contribute to the work we are committed to doing off the pitch.
“We look forward to playing for our country in this World Cup with pride, passion and perseverance. Thank you for your support.”
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