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Abuse in the U.S. women's pro soccer league was systemic, a report finds

Added 10-03-22 02:07:01pm EST - “An independent investigation into the scandals that erupted in the National Women's Soccer League last season found emotional abuse and sexual misconduct were systemic in the sport.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Abuse in the U.S. women's pro soccer league was systemic, a report finds”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

North Carolina Courage coach Paul Riley is pictured in 2018. An independent investigation found emotional abuse and sexual misconduct were systemic in the National Women's Soccer League. Players Sinead Farrelly and Mana Shim came forward with allegations of harassment and sexual coercion dating back a decade involving former coach Paul Riley. Anne M. Peterson/AP hide caption

North Carolina Courage coach Paul Riley is pictured in 2018. An independent investigation found emotional abuse and sexual misconduct were systemic in the National Women's Soccer League. Players Sinead Farrelly and Mana Shim came forward with allegations of harassment and sexual coercion dating back a decade involving former coach Paul Riley.

An independent investigation into the scandals that erupted in the National Women's Soccer League last season found emotional abuse and sexual misconduct were systemic in the sport, impacting multiple teams, coaches and players, according to a report released Monday.

"Abuse in the NWSL is rooted in a deeper culture in women's soccer, beginning in youth leagues, that normalizes verbally abusive coaching and blurs boundaries between coaches and players," former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Q. Yates wrote in her report on the investigation.

U.S. Soccer commissioned the investigation by Yates and the law firm King & Spaulding after former NWSL players Sinead Farrelly and Mana Shim came forward with allegations of harassment and sexual coercion dating back a decade involving former coach Paul Riley. Their account was published by The Athletic in September 2021.

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