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National Women’s Soccer League cancels games following abuse claims


Trinity Rodman (2, Washington Spirit forward) makes a play between several defenders at the NWSL game between Kansas City & Washington Spirit September 26th 2021 at Segra Field Leesburg.

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Because of allegations that Paul Riley, a former North Carolina Courage coach, had committed sexual abuse against him, the National Women’s Soccer League cancelled its weekends games.

“This week (and much of this season) has been extraordinarily traumatic for our staff and players, and I am fully responsible for what I did. “I am sorry for the suffering so many feel,” Lisa Baird, National Women’s Soccer League Commissioner said Friday. Recognizing the trauma of this event, we decided not to play on Saturday to provide space for everyone to process.

After allegations of Riley sexual coercion, the Courage made this announcement. In response, the Courage on ThursdayRiley was fired for “very serious misconduct allegations.” Riley denied all allegations.

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