North Carolina Courage, a women’s football team playing in the US Championships, fired its 58-year-old coach, Paul Riley. 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 Athletic” website revealed allegations from more than a dozen athletes from each team leading Riley since 2010, including two famous players who filed official complaints against him. Had it.
On social networks, North Carolina Courage announced the coach’s resignation and took a stand in favor of the athletes who filed the complaint. “The club joins in its commitment to creating a safe, positive and respectful environment,” the team wrote in a statement posted on Instagram.
The United States Football Federation also announced the immediate suspension of Relay’s license to manage teams. In the statement, the organization justified that “the abusive behavior described by Brave players in public is repugnant, unacceptable and has no place in football and society”.
The North Carolina Courage, who plays for the First Division of the American League, is the club where the Brazilian women’s team athlete Debinha plays.
The athlete has represented the United States team of colors for nearly four years.
North Carolina Courage currently ranks third in the United States League. The team has 29 points from 19 matches, and is behind the Portland Thorns and OL Reign in the table.