American midfielder Lindsey Horan anticipates that the inquiry, which revealed systemic abuse in the NWSL, will have an impact on professional women’s sport.
Horan, a Portland Thorns loanee at Lyon, said, “This inquiry came forth and obviously I’m grateful for it, but it took much too long.” “This entire process took a while. It’s not done, I thought as I sit here. This is a global issue. I know that because I’m a player in Europe right now.”
The report’s findings, which were reached after speaking with more than 200 top-tier players in North America, stated that sexual misbehaviour and abuse occurred on several occasions.
clubs and coaches, and that “basic safeguards” to protect its players were not implemented by the NWSL or the sport’s regulatory body, US Soccer.
According to Horan, these discoveries are just the start of a much bigger issue that affects “women’s football in general.”
This isn’t the end of it, she said. “It goes beyond the NWSL. In general, this is women’s football. Women in general face these issues everywhere in the world. It’s a widespread, systemic issue. This cannot be the conclusion, in my opinion.
I am upset, saddened, and obviously filled with a great deal of rage for these players.
Dunn: Report is the “nail in the coffin.”
Crystal Dunn, a winger for the Portland Thorns and a native of the United States, believes the NWSL abuse report will now drive change.after finding that pervasive emotional abuse and sexual misbehaviour in the top division of women’s football in the USA.
Crystal Dunn, a winger for the US and Portland Thorns, anticipates that the NWSL report will hold those responsible “accountable” for their deeds, with US Soccer promising to make significant changes in response to the findings.
Dunn declared, “This is a significant time for the NWSL.” “It’s a significant time for leagues all across the world, not just our home league. It is not a US problem what is going on in the US. Sadly, this is something that is happening right now in several leagues.
“There will soon be change. The coffin is sealed with the release of this report. It will make room for
a great deal of accountability, which hasn’t happened yet.
“I have high hopes for the possibility of the healing phase. There is no hiding behind it anymore because the findings are public and visible to everyone. This honesty is exactly what we require to advance change.
Daly: The women’s football community supports the athletes
After a research found that sexual assault and emotional abuse were widespread in the highest division of women’s football in the USA, Rachel Daly declared that the women’s football community “stands in solidarity with the players.”
The women’s football community “stands in solidarity with the players,” according to England international Rachel Daly.
“I found the report to be tragic. following the
It is heartbreaking and horrible to hear such news on the training field, the Aston Villa player told Sky Sports.
“I could use a lot of words to express how I felt, but they are the ones that immediately come to mind.
“The fact that females are still going through this and that people are abusing their authority is very horrifying.
“When things like that happen, it is a very hazardous place for women to be, and all I can ask is that the rest of the women’s football community show its support for the girls who have been impacted.
“I personally think it’s fantastic that they came forward and freely found a safe place to talk about these things. They shouldn’t ever need to discuss
Kids should never experience these things, and it is awful that they do.
“However, the NWSLPA did a tremendous job in that regard. They are a fantastic bunch of ladies and athletes that put in a lot of effort behind the scenes to create a comfortable environment for everyone to express themselves.
“My thoughts are with them, and I pray that these things can eventually come to a stop.”
Bronze: Removing abuse is at the top of the list.
Eliminating abusive behaviour and sexual misbehaviour, according to Lucy Bronze, a teammate of Daly’s from England who developed her abilities in the US collegiate system, is “top of the list” of improvements that need to be made in women’s athletics.
“These problems frequently arise in women’s sports in general, and they probably have for a while.
years, but no one has ever been courageous enough to speak out, “Bronze stated.
“Therefore, it’s not necessarily a novel concept. The novel aspect is that we are now actively resisting it.
“Obviously, reading these stories is quite upsetting. I consider myself quite lucky to have had a career free of these issues.
“Never once have I reflected and thought, “Wow, that was kind of funny.” I’d like to assume that a large portion of my team members can also make that assertion.
“We’ve been saying for a while that there are many things in women’s sports that need to change, and this is at the top of the list.
“Women’s football is not the only sport with horrifying abuse allegations and anecdotes.
that occur – there are other women’s sports where it has; we support all females who speak out in these situations.”
Linehan: Abuse is a worldwide, systemic issue that extends beyond NWSL.
Meg Linehan of The Athletic to Sky Sports News:
“I’m not sure if anything was really shocking. One of the most important findings from that report, in my opinion, was that it goes far beyond the NWSL. I believe it was just the degree of detail that was extremely new.
“Players have also confirmed this. Youth soccer is affected by this issue, which is a global systemic one that none of us can currently begin to fully comprehend because it affects more than simply women’s professional soccer.