Players on England’s women’s national soccer team stood together in solidarity with U.S. players on Friday after findings of an independent investigation into allegations of abusive behavior and sexual misconduct in the National Women’s Soccer League were released on Monday.
Both teams gathered on the pitch at Wembley Stadium in London holding a banner that read “Protect The Players” prior to the sell-out friendly between the two sides. Players also wore teal armbands to show support for survivors of sexual violence.
The findings from the investigation, led by former attorney general Sally Yates, revealed that the NWSL failed to provide a safe environment for players and repeatedly ignored players’ allegations of abuse and inappropriate behavior by coaches over many years.
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