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U.S. Soccer suspends Paul Riley’s coaching license

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U.S. Soccer has suspended Paul Riley’s coaching license following allegations of sexual coercion and emotional abuse.

Riley had previously earned the highest coaching license available through U.S. Soccer, the Pro Level license.

In a statement, the USSF wrote that they are “deeply disturbed” by the allegations.

“The abusive behavior described by the courageous athletes who have come forward is repulsive, unacceptable and has zero place in soccer or society,” they continued, adding that all the players have “our unequivocal support.”

The suspension is effective immediately. On Thursday, Riley was fired by the North Carolina Courage in response to the allegations.