Team United States sacks coach after sexual harassment allegations against female players

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Women’s soccer team North Carolina Courage, who disputed the US championship, fired its coach Paul Riley, 58, today. The coach has been accused of sexual harassment for more than a decade, as well as inappropriate comments about the sexual orientation and weight of his players.

The announcement was made soon after an investigative report published by the site athletic, which unveils allegations from more than a dozen athletes from each team that Riley has led since 2010, including two famous players who filed official complaints against him.

“In light of the allegations made in today’s report, North Carolina Courage has fired Technical Commander Paul Riley, with immediate effect, following serious allegations of misconduct,” the team wrote in an official statement posted to its social network. ” The club also announced that Shaun Nahas would serve as interim coach until the end of the championship.

North Carolina Courage also said in a statement that it fully supports athletes who have the courage to expose and condemn themselves and who boldly share their stories. The United States Football Federation also announced the immediate suspension of Relay’s license to manage teams. In its statement, the organization justified that “abusive behavior described by courageous players in public is repugnant, unacceptable and has no place in football and society.”

Earlier on Thursday, the league’s National Football Players Association launched an investigation into the allegations. in a short email to athleticOf course, Riley defended himself by saying only that the allegations were “completely false.”

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