England and Manchester City goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck called the Birmingham players’ situation “unacceptable” following complaints to the club’s board about facilities, travel and budget cuts.
The Football Association is investigating whether Birmingham may have violated their Women’s Super League license after the Blues players sent a letter to senior club officials last week, in which they said some of their working conditions made them worse off. prevented them from doing their job at best. of their capacity ”.
The club declined to comment on the matter to Sky Sports News but in response to the Sunday Telegraph, Birmingham have said they are doing their best on and off the pitch, under difficult circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic, to keep the men’s and women’s teams in their respective divisions this season.
A number of WSL players, including Chelsea’s Fran Kirby, Arsenal’s Leah Williamson and teammates Beth Mead and Katie McCabe, spoke out in favor of the Birmingham players on Sunday when the story became public.
Blues captain Christie Murray also tweeted that women’s football and its colleagues deserve better treatment.
Asked about the matter ahead of England’s friendly against France on Friday, Roebuck said: “I think we are now at a level in the women’s game where this is absolutely not acceptable.
“I’m not close to Birmingham to know the ins and outs of this detail, but after looking from the outside it’s not enough.
“Personally, I consider myself really lucky to be at a club like Manchester City where everything is at the highest level and where equality in the whole building is at the top, and coming into the England camp we have the same facilities and the same luxury, so we are really lucky.
“But I think the way the league is going and the steps they are taking to improve, I think we all have to be at a level that can help girls perform to the best of their ability.”
“So I think that if they can have improved facilities, it will not only help the growth of the game, but also the growth of individuals to thrive in this environment. It is totally unacceptable and I hope that the situation can be resolved. “
Arsenal’s Lotte Wubben-Moy, who could win his second senior cap in England’s upcoming games against France and Canada, added: “I am undoubtedly sympathetic. [with Birmingham’s players].
“What they’re going through is something I can’t comment on because I’m not a Birmingham player, but the only comment I can really make is that I respect them for speaking out.”
“It’s an important part of their [Birmingham’s] development as a club so that their voices are heard and hopefully the board will obviously heed what it says. “
Chelsea center-back Millie Bright, who recently helped her side reach the Champions League semi-finals, admitted she was showing more work is needed at all levels of women’s football.
She added: “I am empty that the players have to experience who they are and I hope something will change in the future.
“Overall in the women’s game we still need to make improvements like this and it shows where the game needs to go.”
“ Lionesses have a great team depth ”
Roebuck, who could win her seventh senior selection to England in the Lionesses’ April friendlies, says working under interim head coach Hege Riise has been “really positive” and she admits there is a high. degree of competition among the squad, as players look to impress ahead of the GB squad selection at the Tokyo Olympics, ahead of the Games later this year.
“Naturally the level of competition will be high because of the depth of the roster and if you look at just about every position there is always competition for places,” she said.
“It [Riise] is a great trainer. I think it was difficult with the last camp obviously with the Covid restrictions and all of that makes it difficult to get to know a person when the meetings are done virtually.
“But from what I’ve gathered through his methodology and everything, everything is really positive.
“Just getting out on the grass and being out there and enjoying what we’re doing has been a key thing. A lot of the tactical and technical details were really good for us to understand. well and I’m really excited. “
Defender Wubben-Moy is eager to show off his abilities at center-back with captain Steph Houghton absent from the England squad for the two friendlies in April due to injury.
The skipper is a player Wubben-Moy, 22, wants to emulate as she aims to find her way through Riise’s thoughts.
She said: “Thanks to Steph Houghton, she is an amazing player, I admire her and she is the kind of player that I try to compare myself against.
“An opportunity is there for us young players, you never want to hurt anyone, but that’s football, isn’t it. I savor these opportunities.”
“I am fortunate enough to play at Arsenal and I hope I can bring what I learn there and push it onto the pitch with England.”