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Kobe & Kevin Durant We Got U.S. Women's Backs In FIFA World Cup Turf War

8/14/2014 8:15 AM PDT

Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant -- We Got U.S. Women's Backs ... In FIFA World Cup Turf War

Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant blasted FIFA over its plan to play the women's World Cup matches on artificial turf -- and they did it with a bloody illustration of how turf tore up U.S. star Sydney Leroux's legs.

The pic shows the U.S. national team forward's shins and knees with a few bloody gashes and some really nasty bruises.

Kobe punctuated his twitpic of Sydney's injuries with "#ProtectTheAthlete."

In his Facebook post, KD said, "C'mon now FIFA u can't have our women playing on turf. @sydneyleroux I got ya back."

As we told you ...FIFA wants to play all of the 2015 Women's World Cup matches on artificial turf as "a test." A group of players has filed an official protest, and having big guns like KD and Kobe on board can't hurt the cause. Watch TMZ Sports on FS1 Get the new TMZ Sports app!

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