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De Vanna's decision disappoints Barbieri

  • De Vanna's decision disappoints Barbieri

Matildas skipper Lisa De Vanna's decision to break ranks over the players' United States tour boycott is disappointing, says former captain Lisa Barbieri.

De Vanna said she wanted to play in the two-match series against the world champions, despite the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) boycotting the tour over a new collective bargaining agreement.

Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop confirmed on Thursday the tour would not go ahead, accusing the PFA of using the Matildas as a bargaining chip.

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"It's a little bit disappointing because you want a united front, but you have to respect people's wishes," Barbieri told Fairfax Media.

"Everyone has their own priorities and Lisa De Vanna's been playing for a very long time."

"She's been playing professionally in America for many years and she's had a lot more income than a lot of these younger players have been able to get.

"I can say yes to going to America, no problem, but I'd rather make a stand for the girls, because at the end of the day I'm at the end of my career.

"I'd rather be remembered for standing for something, for being part of change."

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