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“No one could take the memories”: the forgotten story of how Fifa suppressed women’s football

Football’s governing body, Fifa, wants us to believe that women’s football has never had it so good. But history tells a different story—and it’s one that those who run football would rather was forgotten

By Gemma Clarke   July 2019

Denmark wins the World Cup final in football for women across Mexico in 1971. Photo: PA

We are encouraged to believe these are unprecedented times for women’s football, days of financial plenitude, corporate sponsorship and unparalleled fandom. This year’s World Cup in France, running until 7th July, is seen as a pivotal moment. The first time England’s lionesses have attracted such attention—all of their matches will be broadcast on BBC One—and the team’s first time competing in such a well-attended, prestigious tournament.

Football’s governing body, Fifa, wants us to…

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