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Kelly Smith rues missed chance to level playing field by ending women’s football season early

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THE women’s game was ‘pushed aside’ in the decision to end its domestic season early, according to Kelly Smith.

The former Arsenal and England striker claims the sums spent on coronavirus testing to allow the men’s Premier League to start stands in stark contrast to the Football Association ending the Women’s Super League and Championship campaigns early.

‘I was hearing figures of £3million and upwards for testing and putting procedures in place just to get back into training,’ said Smith. ‘That figure in the women’s game in this country is unheard of, and I don’t know if the FA would have been happy to put the money towards that, rather than just write the season off and go again.

‘I would have preferred they had gone the route of putting the money in and making it more of a level playing field with the men. It just seems to always happen that the women get pushed aside a bit.’

Chelsea were last week crowned WSL champions on a points-per-game basis after the FA said curtailing the season followed ‘overwhelming feedback’ from the clubs.