Australian FA will probe allegations of abuse in girls’s sport

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SYDNEY, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Football Australia say they are going to examine any allegations of abuse within the girls’s sport after just lately retired worldwide striker Lisa De Vanna stated she had been the sufferer of sexual assault, harassment and bullying throughout her profession.

De Vanna made her preliminary allegations in response to a Tweet by Megan Rapinoe when the United States worldwide commented on the allegations of misconduct towards former North Carolina Courage head coach Paul Riley. learn extra

The 36-year-old De Vanna, who performed 150 occasions for her nation over twenty years, replied that she had witnessed girls within the sport abusing youthful feminine gamers, and organisations defending the abusers.

“There needs to be consequences. There needs to be accountability,” she expanded in an interview with News Ltd media.

“I have seen cultural problems at all levels throughout the years – from men and women – and girls coming through need to be brave, and also the girls that have been through this also need to be brave and know they are not alone.

“Have I been sexually harassed? Yes. Have I been bullied? Yes. Ostracised? Yes. Have I seen issues which have made me uncomfortable? Yes.”

Football Australia said they had met with De Vanna to discuss her “grievances” but that some of the specific allegations she made in the media had not been raised at the time.

“In the occasion that Lisa chooses to lodge a proper criticism by way of the suitable channels we’ll in flip be able to analyze and, if acceptable, act accordingly,” the governing body said in a statement.

Another recently retired Australian professional, Rhali Dobson, told New Ltd that she had been the target of predatory behaviour from senior women players.

“The similar course of is open to Rhali Dobson and different former gamers and workers to formally convey ahead any claims,” the FA assertion added.

Reporting by Nick Mulvenney; modifying by Stephen Coates

Lisa de Vanna  (2L) Samantha Kerr (2R) and Leena Khamis of Australia celebrate a goal against of Equatorial Guinea during their Women's World Cup Group D soccer match in Bochum July 3, 2011.    REUTERS/Ina Fassbender