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Red Stars supporters call on owner Arnim Whisler to sell the club

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Chicago Red Stars supporters group Chicago Local 134 is calling on majority owner Arnim Whisler to sell the club.

In a tweet on Saturday, Chicago Local 134 said if Whisler’s shares aren’t sold, the group will not pay for season tickets or purchase merchandise from the team.

The supporters’ demands stem from a Washington Post report detailing players’ accounts of abuse by former coach Rory Dames.

Multiple players, including U.S. women’s national team star Christen Press, accused Dames of emotional abuse dating back to 2014. Dames resigned from his position as Red Stars head coach in November, a day after Chicago appeared in the NWSL championship game and a day before the Washington Post published its report.

“We also now know that Arnim was aware of the pattern of abuse inflicted by Rory Dames,” Chicago Local 134 wrote in the tweet. “The fact that Rory remained employed by the Red Stars, and therefore was able to further abuse not only Chicago Red Stars players, but also greater Chicago soccer community, is unacceptable.”

Former Red Stars player Sam Johnson published a text message apology she received from Whisler following the November report. In it, Whisler told Johnson he is “so sorry for what happened to you at the Red Stars and for not knowing or having procedures that could uncover it.” Johnson called the text “calculated” on her Instagram story.

The supporters group demands that Whisler make and share a plan to sell his shares in the Red Stars by the end of the year.