The players criticized the League’s failure to protect female soccer players and for not taking forceful steps to investigate the reported sexual harassment.
The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), which is the women’s professional soccer league in the United States, announced this Friday that this weekend’s matches will not be contested following allegations of sexual harassment known in recent days.
NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird stressed in a statement that this season is being “incredibly traumatic ”for the players and league personnel and assumed “full responsibility” for his role in these events.
“I am so sorry for the pain that many are feeling. Recognizing that trauma, we have decided not to go out on the field this weekend to give everyone some space to reflect, ”he said.
Baird stated that this decision has been taken in collaboration with the footballers association (NWSLPA), which in recent days has strongly attacked the league for its inaction over the years regarding these scandals.
Cancellation of these matches occurs after on Thursday the North Carolina Courage team coach was fired, Paul Riley.
The already technical was accused by several female players of sexual harassment and coercion, among other behaviors, in a report published by The Athletic portal.
Riley denied those accusations
This is not an isolated case since since August different accusations against Richie Burke have been made known, who was the coach of the Washington Spirit team, having created a macho and abusive environment within the locker room.
Burke was finally fired after an investigation.
Players have harshly criticized the league in recent days for not protecting the soccer players and for not taking forceful steps to investigate – and not repeat – these behaviors.
One of them was Megan Rapinoe, American soccer star and a great figure of the feminist struggle on the sport.
“To all those who were in a position of power and who let this happen, who heard it and let it be (…), Fuck it. They are all monsters and you can submit your resignations immediately”He wrote on Twitter Thursday.
Another female soccer icon in the US, Alex Morgan, pointed directly to the responsibility of the NWSL.
“The league was informed of these allegations (against Riley) on multiple occasions and on multiple occasions he declined to investigate these allegations”He wrote on Twitter Thursday.
Morgan, what shared multiple emails to test the league’s laziness Regarding the accusations of the soccer players, he defended that the NWSL “failed to protect its own players from this abuse.” (D)