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The American Football Confederation has appointed a former lawyer to investigate sexual harassment

The American Football Confederation has appointed a former lawyer to investigate sexual harassment

The American Football Association has asked the former federal prosecutor to investigate the allegationsSexual assault And harassment of professional women in football, which recently led to the dismissal of two coaches.

“American football has asked Sally K. Yates of King & Spalding LLP to conduct an independent investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment in professional women’s football,” the U.S. Federation said in a statement Sunday. According to American Football, Yates, who has held senior positions in the federal judiciary, “has extensive experience in conducting complex and highly sensitive investigations.”

The announcement comes two days after the resignation of North American Women’s Football League (NWSL) commissioner Lisa Baird. Sally Yates, an American footballer, said the investigation would begin immediately and that “there should be full autonomy, all access and evidence to verify the facts and find evidence anywhere.”

“Protect your players,” pleads Alex Morgan

Byrd’s decision halted all scheduled games in the United States this weekend, and the affair brought down the NWSL. In the match. For its part, FIFA announced on Friday that it would launch an investigation into the allegations.

In the midst of the turmoil, the North Carolina Courage coach, Paul RileyThe 58-year-old Englishman was sacked by the club on Thursday after being charged with two counts of sexual harassment by two players. Allegations that he was competing systematically. Last week, another NWSL coach, Richie Burke, who was head of the Washington Spirit, was fired following an investigation into allegations of verbal and moral harassment.

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In particular these cases provoked strong reactions from two American internationals, Megan Robino and Alex Morgan, who knew Riley’s profile in the past. “Protect your players. Do the right thing in the NWSL,” Morgan tweeted. “Men protect other men who attack women. We have to burn everything. Their heads must fall, ”Robino added His style That’s good.