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Women withdraw artificial turf complaint over 2015 World Cup in Canada

Christine Sinclair #12 of Canada runs with the ball during Women's International Soccer Friendly Series action against Japan on October 28, 2014 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

The human rights complaint over artificial turf at the Women’s World Cup is over.

A group of elite women’s players has withdrawn the complaint from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, saying it is time to put the support of soccer first.

A lawyer for the women says that’s something that FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association were unable to do.

The lawyer says the women’s protest did accomplish some of its goals, including demonstrating that female athletes will not passively accept gender discrimination.

The Women’s World Cup will run from June 6 to July 5. Matches will be hosted in Ottawa, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Moncton and Montreal.

With files from Toronto staff