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Canada Soccer ‘mishandled’ sexual harassment allegations in 2008: Review
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Canada Soccer ‘mishandled’ sexual harassment allegations in 2008: Review

An independent review has concluded that Canada Soccer “mishandled” sexual harassment allegations in 2008 against then under-20 women’s coach Bob Birarda. The independent review by McLaren Global Sport Solution looked into Canada Soccer’s handling of Birarda, a former women’s Vancouver Whitecaps and Canadian national youth team coach. Read more: Canada Soccer makes new compensation offer to men’s and women’s national teams Birarda is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in February to three counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual touching while in a position of authority.The charges, which involve four teenage soccer players coached by Birarda, span 20 years between 1988 and 2008. Birarda was dismissed by both the Whitecaps and Canada Soccer in...