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German Chancellor Scholz Steps Up Campaign to Abolish Gender Pay Gap in Sports

DFB Director of National Teams and Academy Oliver Bierhoff, left, DFB Vice-president Celia Sasic, Olaf Scholz and DFB President Bernd Neuendorf at DFB-Campus in Frankfurt, Germany, on Aug. 8. 

DFB Director of National Teams and Academy Oliver Bierhoff, left, DFB Vice-president Celia Sasic, Olaf Scholz and DFB President Bernd Neuendorf at DFB-Campus in Frankfurt, Germany, on Aug. 8. 

Photographer: Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images 

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz intensified his campaign for pay equality for women in sports, using a visit to the country’s football federation to reiterate a call for female members of the national team to be paid the same as their male counterparts.

After meeting with officials from the DFB federation in Frankfurt, Scholz said that equal pay would help attract more girls and women to football, and announced that more talks on the issue will be held next month at the chancellery in Berlin.