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U.S. women’s soccer hid issues for NWSL to succeed, says O’Reilly

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Oct 9 (Reuters) – Women’s soccer within the United States “swept a lot of bad things under the rug” to make the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) profitable, former midfielder Heather O’Reilly stated.

The NWSL fired commissioner Lisa Baird and FIFA launched a preliminary investigation final week following a report detailing allegations of misconduct towards former North Carolina Courage head coach Paul Riley. learn extra

The Athletic outlined allegations of sexual coercion and misconduct by Riley after talking to greater than a dozen gamers he coached since 2010. Riley, who has reportedly denied any wrongdoing, was terminated by the Courage and the league.

“I think women’s football has swept a lot of bad things under the rug because we want the league to succeed,” O’Reilly, who received three Olympic gold medals and the World Cup, informed the BBC on Friday.

“We want to continue our personal careers and there’s not as many opportunities for players to be professional footballers so I think that’s a reason why a lot of things are just dealt with. As a player, you just take it.

“In the NWSL there’s not a ton of HR (human useful resource) staff at golf equipment, there’s not a hotline for gamers to name, in order that’s why so many issues occur time after time and are not disciplined.”

Former NWSL players Mana Shim and Sinead Farrelly, who went public with allegations of sexual coercion against Riley, said on Tuesday they want more action taken to protect players. read more

The NWSL, which is the highest level of women’s soccer in the United States, has launched an independent investigation into its handling of abuse claims and historical complaints of discrimination, harassment or abuse.

It also created a secure and anonymous reporting platform so that current and former players and staff can report misconduct. read more

Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Lincoln Feast.

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