A women’s soccer coach has been fired for giving players painkillers


NEW YORK (AP) — The Portland Thorns have fired their athletic trainer after an external investigation found he illegally administered a controlled substance to players, the National Women’s Soccer League announced Tuesday.

The NWSL, which has been beset by allegations of abuse and misconduct in recent years, has announced that coach Pierre Soubrier has been fired along with Thorns assistant coach Sophie Clough. Soubrier is married to US women’s defender Crystal Dunn. The league said Clow had unwanted contact with the player.

The league also said abuse allegations against former Washington Spirit coach Chris Ward had been filed and he was ineligible to work in the NWSL without the commissioner’s approval. The investigation concluded that Ward had engaged in “negative racial stereotyping of the player”.

Thorns team physician Dr. Brenn Brown said in November that Soubriere had given players an over-the-counter drug containing codeine last month.

Thorns coach Rian Wilkinson resigned last month after leading the team to the NWSL title and owner Merritt Paulson has put the team up for sale. Wilkinson said she was investigated by the NWSL and its players’ union and cleared of any wrongdoing, adding that she and the player expressed feelings for each other. for the other but never acted.

Former Attorney General Sally K. An investigation by Yates in October found abuses in the league were systematic, and a report last month by the league and its union found widespread violations.

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