US women’s soccer cancels games amid misconduct row

US women's soccer cancels games amid misconduct row
Paul Riley had been head coach of the North Carolina Courage since 2017. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has postponed this weekend’s matches after allegations of sexual misconduct against North Carolina Courage head coach Paul Riley.

The coach was sacked following an investigation by The Athletic. The media spoke to more than a dozen players he had coached since 2010.

The Englishman has denied the accusations. He led the Courage to back-to-back NWSL championships in 2018 and 2019.

Lisa Baird, commissioner of the top-flight US league, said: “I’m so sorry for the pain so many are feeling.”

“Recognising that trauma, we have decided not to take the field this weekend to give everyone some space to reflect.

She said that arranging games as schedule are not their concern right now. She added that the entire league has a great deal of healing to do, and our players deserve so much better.

Lisa Baird this break will be the first step as they collectively work to transform the culture of this league, something that is long overdue.

FIFA says in a statement that it is “deeply concerned” by the reports of sexual misconduct and has opened a preliminary investigation “due to the severity and seriousness of the allegations being made by players.”

The NWSL players’ association has called for an investigation while high-profile players including two-time World Cup winners Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan have demanded changes across the soccer league.

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