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  • 31 Jul
    A report has laid bare the woeful pay and conditions for W-League players as expectations ramp up on Football Federation Australia to improve the situation before the new season.The Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) report, which surveyed almost two-thirds of W-League players last season, suggests they could walk away from the game because of the financial strain.Nine out of 10 players said they would consider leaving the sport early to pursue more-lucrative opportunities.Thats understandable when a quarter of W-League players were paid less than $500 for the 16-week season, and 10 per cent werent paid at all.With an average cost of $2237 worn by each W-League player to take part in the league, its likely more players than not were out of pocket for their participation.Only 15 per cent earned more than $5000 for the past season, which equates to $312 a week without factoring in pre-season training.The AFL has instituted a $5000 minimum payment for the inaugural AFL Womens season, which will be run over eight weeks in February and March.Bizarrely, some W-League players are paid more for their state league commitments than by their W-League clubs.The report will inform the newly formed W-League Working Party, established last week by FFA and PFA, amid a climate of growing respect for womens sport.That committee will look at the leagues structure and format as well as club infrastructure and player conditions.PFA chief executive John Didulica said the report showed the depth of commitment the players have to their sport.The players are willing to go above and beyond to make their competition a success, he said.This research has been tabled with FFA and will be invaluable in assisting the W-League Working Party to identify the immediate priorities that need to be addressed to ensure the Westfield W-League can prosper.The poor remuneration doesnt tell the whole story, with more than a dozen Matildas players also receiving contracts for their international service.According to a News Corp Australia report, PFA would like to see at least 60 female footballers earning $60,000 each by the start of the 2017/18 season.A collective bargaining agreement, minimum player payments and minimum medical conditions are also on the working partys agenda. 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Lizzie Armitstead has avoided a two-year ban for anti-doping violations relating to whereabouts, clearing her to ride in the Olympic Games this weekend.Armitstead was Britains first medallist of London 2012 four years ago with silver in the road race on The Mall.She won the Road World Championships in the United States last September and is hotly fancied for Sundays road race on the second day of the Rio Games.But the 27-year-old from Otley, Yorkshire on Monday night revealed she had to contest a possible lengthy suspension for three failures relating to her whereabouts which led to her missing drugs tests.She appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which ruled UK Anti-dopings doping control officer had failed to follow procedure and her August 2015 missed test was declared void.Athletes must make themselves available for testing for one hour each day and inform testers of their location.Armitstead has two further missed tests on her record and a further absence would lead to a rule violation and sanction.Armitstead was charged by UKAD with three whereabouts failures on July 11, leading to a suspension pending disciplinary action.The first came at a World Cup event in Sweden on August 20, 2015. The second was an administrative failure on October 5, 2015 and the third was a missed test on June 9, 2016 following an emergency change of plans due to a serious illness within her family.Armitstead did not dispute the second two faults, but successfully appealed to CAS over the first missed test.CAS ruled that thee UKAD doping control officer had not followed required procedures nor made reasonable attempts to locate Armitstead, a statement on behalf of Armitstead read.ddddddddddddCAS also ruled that there was no negligence on Armitsteads part and that she had followed procedures according to the guidelines.Armitstead was tested a day after the first missed test, following the race in Sweden.Earlier on Monday Armitstead was cagey when questioned on her absence from recent races. She was a late withdrawal from La Course by Le Tour, the womens race which took place on July 24, when the Tour de France concluded in Paris.I have always been and will always be a clean athlete and have been vocal in my anti-doping stance throughout my career, she said.I am pleased that CAS has accepted my position, having provided detailed information demonstrating the situation around my strikes.UKAD did not address Armitsteads case or criticisms directly.A UKAD spokeswoman said: We recognise that mistakes do happen and plans can change at short notice, which is why an athlete can accrue a combination of three missed tests or filing failures in 12 months under the World Anti-Doping Code.But athletes have a responsibility to ensure they support and follow the system, or they risk a possible two-year ban.Christine Ohuruogu, the 2008 Olympic 400 metres champion, was banned for a year following three missed tests in 2006. ' ' '