Magda Eriksson ‘devastated’ by allegations of sexual misconduct in NWSL

The Athletic last week published a report containing allegations about Englishman Paul Riley’s conduct made by players he had coached in the US since 2010, including alleged sexual coercion; Riley, who denies the accusations, was sacked by North Carolina Courage in light of the report

Chelsea captain Magda Eriksson says she and her team-mates were “devastated” to hear about the allegations of sexual misconduct that have rocked the United States’ National Women’s Soccer League.

The Athletic last week published a report containing allegations about Englishman Paul Riley’s conduct made by players he had coached in the US since 2010, including alleged sexual coercion.

Riley, who denies the accusations, was sacked by NWSL side North Carolina Courage as head coach in light of the report, the league announced matches scheduled for the weekend would not take place, and its commissioner Lisa Baird resigned.

The NWSL also announced it was launching a number of “critical investigative and reform initiatives to protect players and staff”, while FIFA has opened a preliminary investigation.

Eriksson, speaking at a press conference on Tuesday ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League match against Wolfsburg, said: “Of course we as players stay updated on what is happening in the women’s football world and we are devastated to hear about these events that have happened in the NWSL.

“We just discussed it and talked about how horrifying it is. It’s good that players are brave enough now to step forward and for these events to come to light.”

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