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Abuse scandal rocks American women's football

Abuse scandal rocks American women’s football

League President Baird resigned. (Archives)

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American sport has once again been hit by an abuse scandal. In the women’s professional soccer league, coaches are said to have sexually and emotionally assaulted female players. League President Lisa Bird learned from this.

After the abuse scandal of former NWSL coaches became known, league manager Lisa Bird resigned.

The association confirmed this fact in a short statement on Twitter on Saturday evening. Accordingly, NWSL accepted a similar offer to resign from Baird. And according to media reports, General Counsel Lisa Levine must leave as well.

Allegations erupted against North Carolina Courage coach Paul Riley, who was fired after a report from The Athletic on allegations of sexual abuse of players. The league then suspended its playing operations and canceled all matches scheduled for this weekend. Baird may already take responsibility for it.

Meanwhile, FIFA opened an investigation into the cases on Friday, as did the US Federation, which co-founded the league in 2013 and continues to provide financial support, even though the league has been independent for a year.

Riley’s case was not the first. Two other coaches had previously lost their positions due to misconduct.

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