Canada's national football teams call for investigation into Canada Soccer governance

    In a statement released on Twitter, players said they were "deeply troubled" by recent reporting about the "internal workings of Canada Soccer" by Canada's The Sports Network (TSN).

    (CNN)Canada's women's and men's national soccer teams have called on Sport Canada, a branch of the country's federal government, to investigate the sport's national governing body following serious allegations about the way decisions are made within the organization.

    In a statement shared by Olympic gold medalist Christine Sinclair on Twitter on Wednesday, players said they were "deeply troubled" by recent reporting about the "internal workings of Canada Soccer" by reporter Rick Westhead of Canada's The Sports Network (TSN).
    The report, which cited four unnamed sources, revealed that Canada Soccer was unable to adequately compensate players due to a contract it signed with a private company called Canada Soccer Business (CSB), which keeps a large share of the revenue generated by the national teams.
      No deal was reached, and the two sides also remain at odds over bonus money to the men's team from the forthcoming men's World Cup in Qatar, TSN reported on Tuesday.
        But Canada Soccer told CNN that the ongoing negotiations with its national teams "have no bearing on the CSB agreement voted on and passed by our Board."
        "The CSB agreement has no clause pertaining to player competition prize money whatsoever. The two matters are separate," Paulo Senra, spokesman for Canada Soccer, told CNN in an email.
        Canada Soccer did not comment to CNN on allegations criticizing their governance practices.
          Neither the Canadian Premier League, which launched Canadian Soccer Business in 2018, nor Sport Canada have responded to CNN's request for comment. On Wednesday, Canada's men's and women's teams issued a joint statement asking Sport Canada to investigate Canada Soccer's governance practices, and the circumstances surrounding the agreement made with CSB.
          Sport Canada provides funding for the country's national sports organizations, including Canada Soccer.
          The statement added that the investigation must look into the motivations of those involved in the agreement with CSB and examine why the agreement remained in place when Board members allegedly expressed concern.
          Both national teams asked to be "properly consulted" when it came to key decisions taken by the governing body which impacted them.
          Senra told CNN that a board meeting had taken place on March 27, 2018, and members discussed and approved the CSB agreement, having reviewed the agreement prior to the meeting.
          Canada Soccer addressed its partnership with CSB in a statement released on Tuesday, saying it was "proud of this landmark partnership" which, it said, would "help to develop and grow the game of soccer across the country."
          The federation also said that after previously engaging its men's and women's national teams independently on contract negotiations, it