The American forward megan rapinoe described as “horrible” the independent report published last Monday and that revealed “systematic abuses” within professional women’s soccer in their country.
Megan Rapinoe has called the findings of The Yates Investigation, which uncovered widespread emotional abuse and sexual misconduct in the top tier of women’s football in the United States, as horrifying. pic.twitter.com/JTltbgtOUz
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At a press conference prior to the friendly match United States vs. EnglandRapinoe noted:
It is awful. Even when you know it, it’s horrible to read it over and over again. It’s been difficult for the players, some of them play for those clubs, they’ve been coached by those coaches and they’ve probably been abused in one way or another by some of those coaches or in some of those settings, or different settings, young people. environments, whatever.
The star player regretted that they are experiencing this situation “on such an amazing occasion” like being able to play on a stage like Wembley against the current European champion. “The juxtaposition is just ridiculous. We are angry and exhausted, but also together and united”, warned.
It’s good to be here together as a team. I feel like it’s really powerful for all of us to be together as a national team and to be able to speak on behalf of all of us. Vlatko (Andonovski, US coach) has been amazing, just giving us the space and taking the time to acknowledge what we’re going through, understanding that it’s not just something you acknowledge and move on, giving people space if they need it.
For the US international, the national team “is a safe haven” for the players thanks to the fact that they have a coach who supports them “completely on and off the field” and stressed that it has been a “really difficult for everyone” topic.
And added the front of the OL Reign:
Probably, in the whole landscape of women’s sports, nobody wants to see something like that, but I hope this can be a moment where you say that none of this happened again.
(With information from Europe Press)