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Canadian women footballers playing under protest

Defending Olympic champions plan friendly in France amid dispute with national body

Reigning Olympic women’s football champion Canada, celebrating a goal against Brazil at the SheBelieves Cup, has been set for an April match in France but are playing under protest to obtain equal backing as their male counterparts. (Photo: AFP)

OTTAWA: Reigning Olympic women’s football champion Canada will play France on April 11 at Le Mans in a Women’s World Cup tuneup match for both squads, provided the Canadians don’t boycott.

Canada Soccer announced on Tuesday plans for the match during Fifa’s April international window, with both teams set to compete three months later in the global showdown hosted by Australia…

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