NWSLPA calls for probe after allegations against coach Paul Riley

In a report published by the Athletic on Thursday, North Carolina Courage head coach Paul Riley has been accused of over a decade of sexual coercion, misconduct and harassment. 

In response, the National Women’s Soccer League Players Association (NWSLPA) released a statement demanding the league conduct an independent investigation, noting that the “systemic abuse plaguing the NWSL must not be ignored.”

“We refuse to be silent any longer,” the players association posted on social media Thursday. “Our Commitment as players is to speak truth to power. We will no longer be complicit in a culture of silence that has enabled abuse and exploitation in our league and in our sport.”

Former players Sinead Farrelly and Mana Shim went on record with The Athletic detailing the trauma they experienced while playing under Riley. The NWSLPA said they support both players as well as Kaiya McCullough, who shared her experiences of being verbally abused by former Washington Spirit head coach Richie Burke with The Washington Post in August.

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