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Megan Rapinoe calls out racism and homophobia in Fifa acceptance speech

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Megan Rapinoe used her platform as the newly crowned player of the year at Fifa’s The Best awards to speak out against racism and homophobia, as well as the pay gap in football.

At the ceremony in Italy on Monday, Rapinoe gave nods to Iran’s ‘Blue Girl’ Sahar Khodayari, LGBTQ players, the anti-racism campaigns of fellow footballers Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly, and the battle for equal pay.

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