NWSL names new govt committee following misconduct allegations

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Oct 4 (Reuters) – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has launched a brand new govt committee after firing commissioner Lisa Baird following a report detailing allegations of misconduct in opposition to former North Carolina Courage head coach Paul Riley.

The Athletic final week outlined allegations of sexual coercion and misconduct by Riley after talking to greater than a dozen gamers he coached since 2010.

FIFA opened a preliminary investigation on Friday and U.S. Soccer mentioned it might begin an unbiased investigation into the allegations of abusive behaviour and sexual misconduct. learn extra

“On behalf of the entire league, we are heartbroken for what far too many players have had to endure in order to simply play the game they love, and we are so incredibly sorry,” mentioned a statement from govt committee members Amanda Duffy, Angie Long and Sophie Sauvage.

Riley, who has reportedly denied any wrongdoing, was terminated by the Courage and the league.

Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru, enhancing by Ed Osmond

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