Beth Mead has confirmed that England will join the USA Women’s national team in a show of solidarity after a report showing widespread sexual misconduct and emotional abuse in the US women’s game was released this week.
Earlier this week, a report into sexual misconduct and emotional and verbal abuse within American women’s football was released to relative silence from those paid to comment on the sport.
The report found that the abuse was widespread and ‘systematic’, involving multiple players, coaches and teams.
“Our investigation has revealed a league in which abuse and misconduct – verbal and emotional abuse and sexual misconduct – had become systemic, spanning multiple teams, coaches, and victims,” the Sally Q. Yates’ report said.
“The verbal and emotional abuse players describe in the NWSL is not merely ‘tough’ coaching. And the players affected are not shrinking violets. They are among the best athletes in the world.”
Globally, players in the women’s game have spoke out to call the findings of the report ‘heartbreaking and deeply troubling.’ Others, such as Lindsay Horan, have tried to raise the alarm about football globally, rightly highlighting that this is not an issue that is confined to the US.
“It’s not just the NWSL, this is women’s football in general, it’s women in general, we have these problems all over the world, it’s a global systemic problem, so I don’t want that to be the end point,” Horan told the Telegraph.
“This investigation came forward and we’re thankful, but it took way too long. I sit here, and I’m like, it’s not done, this is all over the world and being a player in Europe right now, I know that.”
England’s women’s team take on the US at Wembley on Friday, and ahead of that game Beth Mead, recently crowned England Women’s Player of the Year, had this to say; “We’re in contact with the American team and some of the players.
“We’re working on something to show our support for them. Nothing has been finalised yet but we will be doing something.
“When I found out, I was sickened by the situation. It’s a worldwide problem but women need to be taken seriously. (I’m) very proud of the victims that actually stood up and said it.
“People need to start doing better, the US governing body needs to be doing better, worldwide we need to be doing better.”
We certainly do.