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Emotional, sexual abuse were 'systemic' in women's soccer, new report finds

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Emotional abuse and sexual misconduct were "systemic" in women's soccer, with exploitation rife at virtually every level of the sport, according to a damning report made public Monday.

The independent U.S. Soccer probe, headed by former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates, was commissioned after North Carolina Courage coach Paul Riley was fired and National Women’s Soccer League Commissioner Lisa Baird resigned last year in the wake of troubling abuse allegations made by former players.

Yates said that at the outset of the investigation, there was hope the allegations against Riley would be proven to be isolated incidents.

"Sadly, that is not what we found," she told reporters Monday afternoon shortly after the 319-page report was released.

"Our investigation over the past year has revealed a league in which abuse was systematic. Verbal and emotional abuse and sexual misconduct occurred at multiple teams, was perpetrated by several coaches and affected many players."



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