The U.S. Soccer Federation received three new reports of misconduct in the sport this week Description of systemic emotional abuse and sexual abuse The president of the United States Soccer Federation, the National Women’s Soccer League, appeared in an independent investigation Cindy Parlo-Kun told CNN.
Parlo-Kun was interviewed twice by the television network on Friday and did not elaborate on the new abuse cases. She said the US Center for Safe Sports and other officials have been made aware of the three new reports.
“I also hope that people now feel safe to come forward or … learn about where to come to report this because it’s so important,” Parlo-Kun told CNN. Parlo-Kun told CNN. “We won’t be able to get rid of it until more brave people come forward to tell us.”
Five of the NWSL’s 10 coaches were either fired or fired over misconduct allegations last season.
More than 200 people have been interviewed by investigators looking into allegations of harassment and sexual assault and abuse. The NWSL, US Soccer, provided the documents for the teams and individuals. The independent investigation, led by former Acting U.S. Attorney Sally Q. Yates and the law firm King & Spaulding, focused on three former coaches: Paul Riley, with the Portland Trail Blazers and later the North Carolina Adventure, Christy Holley of Racing Louisville and Rory. Chicago Red Star Dems.
On Wednesday, the Portland Thorns fired the team’s executive director, one day after owner Merritt Paulson removed himself from a decision-making role with the team. Chicago Red Stars owner Arnim Whistler also stepped down from his role, and Racing Louisville president James O’Connor apologized to fans and a former player who claimed he was sexually assaulted by Holley.
On Friday, the England and United States women’s teams played a friendly at Wembley Stadium in front of nearly 77,000 fans. they Wear tear bandages for support with rape victims and together held a banner that read “Protect the players” before kick-off.
The Yates report made several recommendations for prioritizing the health and safety of athletes. U.S. Soccer also said it would immediately implement programs to protect players.