NWSL cancels schedule amid coaching misconduct scandal

The Women’s National Soccer League canceled five matches scheduled for this weekend on Friday as the league struggled to respond to a widespread malpractice scandal that has seen many coaches allege player abuse and the league faces charges. suffering from not doing anything to protect his athletes.

The league announced the cancellation of the match in a brief statement, saying that “the gravity of last week’s events” made it impossible to get their team to play.

“We made this decision in partnership with our players’ union and this pause will be the first step in working together to change this league’s long overdue culture,” League commissioner Lisa Bird said in a statement. Just in time hang up. “.

Two head coaches accused of violent behavior were only sacked this week, a third was sacked in August for unspecified offences and a fourth was allowed to leave the club in the manner requested by the players. He talks and complains about the players. On Thursday, sacked coach Paul Riley, who coached the North Carolina Courage through the 2018 and 2019 championships, was accused of forcing an ex-player to have sex.

The cancellation of this weekend’s matches was due to pressure from unions representing the league’s players and public discontent with such stars. Megan Rapinoehandjob Alex Morgan and dozens of other Nazi players who voiced their anger about their league on their major social media after Thursday.

On Thursday morning, the players’ union filed several demands from the NWSL, which should be reckoned with on Friday afternoon east. These include the league launching an independent investigation into the season; Terminate a team member or employee in the league who has violated the league’s harassment policy or has not reported a violation; And explain that Riley was transferred to the league in 2015 following an abuse investigation. Thursday night, players urged the league to cancel this weekend’s fixtures.

Much of women’s football in the United States centers around those who played for the national team and won the World Cup, a group of players that included – Rapinoe, Morgan, Carli Lloyd and others – some of the most famous women in the world. Athlete C. But the NWSL is mostly made up of little-known teammates, the players rarely play football, and the uncertainty of their status makes it difficult to deal with abuse, players say.