NWSL players pause games in demonstration in wake of Paul Riley sexual misconduct revelations

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Sports resumed in National Women’s Football League Wednesday night, however, was at the forefront of the league’s ongoing sexual misconduct, harassment and coercion scandal.

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During the sixth minute of each NWSL game on Wednesday night, players stopped play, gathered in midfield and switched arms in solidarity.

“Teams will stop play in the 6th minute of each game tonight. Players will join in solidarity in the center circle for one minute, which is a 6 year old time for Mana, Sinead and all those who played for too long. Fought till the time. See that you are heard.” NWSLPA said in a statement. “We call on fans to stand in silence with us. During that time, we ask you to stand by us in all that pain and trouble, as we believe that many of us have endured for a very long time. been asked to sit.


“We ask you to consider, at that minute, what is demanded of each of us to reclaim our league and our game.”

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Last week, former NWSL players Sinead Farrelly and Mana Shimo went on record with athletic Details of the trauma he experienced while playing under now-former North Carolina Courage coach Paul Riley at NWSL clubs including Western New York and the Portland Thorns.

Riley fired immediately, and in response, the NWSLPA issued a statement calling for an independent investigation into the league, stating that “the systemic abuse plaguing the NWSL should not be overlooked.”

on Friday, Lisa Baird was fired from the post of NWSL commissioner. it came hours after the move NWSL called off its games for the end of this week at the request of the players.

As the game resumed on Wednesday night, NWSLPA also listed several demands To advance the league.

Contributions: Nancy Armour, Chris Bambaka

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