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NWSL commissioner ousted after accusations towards fired coach – report

Oct 1 (Reuters) – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) board of administrators has fired commissioner Lisa Baird and normal counsel Lisa Levine within the wake of a report detailing allegations of misconduct towards former North Carolina Courage head coach Paul Riley, the Athletic reported on Friday.

NWSL didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

The Athletic on Thursdayhad outlined allegations of sexual coercion and misconduct by Riley, who led the Courage to back-to-back NWSL championships in 2018 and 2019, after talking to greater than a dozen gamers he coached since 2010. learn extra

Riley was terminated by the Courage and the league.

“I am so sorry for the pain so many are feeling. Recognizing that trauma, we have decided not to take the field this weekend to give everyone some space to reflect,” Baird mentioned in a written assertion hours earlier whereas saying that the league’s weekend slate of video games wouldn’t be held.

“Business as usual isn’t our concern right now. Our entire league has a great deal of healing to do, and our players deserve so much better.”

The report despatched shockwaves by way of the game and the gamers’ affiliation demanded sweeping adjustments throughout the league, as a few of soccer’s most outstanding figures – together with twice World Cup winners and NWSL gamers Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan – voiced their outrage.

“This pause will be the first step as we collectively work to transform the culture of this league, something that is long overdue,” added Baird.

The Athletic report got here days after one other head coach within the league, Richie Burke of the Washington Spirit, was terminated with trigger. He had beforehand been suspended following allegations of abuse detailed by the Washington Post.

Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York and Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by Christian Radnedge and Ken Ferris