Venezuelan footballers accuse ex-coach of sexual misconduct | Sports

Venezuelan footballers accuse ex-coach of sexual misconduct | Sports

“There were threats and manipulation about telling parents of the players about their sexual orientation if they did not obey or perform as expected.”

Zseremeta, who returned to Panama and continued to coach women’s teams, did not immediately respond to the allegations. The Venezuelan soccer federation did not comment.

Zsemereta took Venezuela to the fourth place at the Under-17 World Cup in 2014. That was the first time a Venezuelan national team, male or female, reached the semifinals of a global tournament organized by FIFA.

The Venezuelan soccer federation fired Zsemereta, who was then the coach of the country’s Under-20 women’s national team, days after several of his players complained about malnourishment during the country’s severe economic crisis.

His dismissal occurred after the team placed third in a five-team competition in Colombia in late 2017. Venezuela was the favorite to lift the title despite the absence of Castellanos. The Venezuelan federation said at the time the decision was due to poor results.

The allegations in Venezuela come in the wake of the scandal in the U.S., where games in the top-flight women’s league were called off on the weekend and the NWSL commissioner quit amid a sexual harassment and misconduct allegations involving a longtime coach.

Two former players came forward with allegations of harassment, including sexual coercion, against North Carolina Courage coach Paul Riley.

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