Shocking news story coming out today about Derry native Christy Holly who has been accused of sexual misconduct on one his players. Christy Holly a former National Women’s Soccer League head coach forced unwanted sexual contact with one of his players during his tenure at the front of the bench, an independent investigation into “systemic abuse” in the NWSL revealed Monday.
The then former Racing Louisville FC head coach Christy Holly initiated and sustained a pressure campaign for a one-sided sexual relationship with Erin Simon, then a defender for the club. When Simon took measures to distance herself from Holly, he retaliated with verbal and emotional abuse that was noticed by others around the franchise.
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Christy Holly was fired "for cause" in August 2021.
But he's not in the SafeSport database… because he never held a U.S. soccer license.
According to the Yates report: "Holly never held the requisite license to be a Head Coach in the NWSL – not in 2016 and not in 2021…"
— Alex Azzi (@AlexAzziNBC) October 4, 2022
Brooke Hendrix felt helpless with no one to go to within the Racing Louisville FC organization regarding Christy Holly. She is very close with Erin Simon and knew of everything between Holly and Simon before and during their time in Louisville. Below is her full interview: pic.twitter.com/9SlThyHWwa
— Tyler Greever (@Tyler_Greever) October 4, 2022
This list of #NWSL abusers is too long. (1/2)
– Paul Riley
– Rory Dames
– Christy Holly
– Richie Burke
– Aaran Lines
– Farid Benstiti
– Craig Harrington
– James Clarkson
– Kris Ward
– Amanda Cromwell
– Sam Greene
— Women’s Sports Exchange (@wsportsxchange) October 4, 2022
Rory Dames, Paul Riley, and Christy Holly should be in sex offender databases.
Those that hired them, citing not having enough $ to hire better (in Holly's case actually licensed) candidates, fuck outta here with that.
If $ was that tight, you shouldn't be owning a sports team.
— Jacob Cristobal (@jacobcristobal) October 3, 2022
Simon alleges that Holly sent her unwanted text messages with sexually explicit content, groped Simon during film sessions at the club’s facilities, and — on at least one occasion — masturbated in her presence without consent and then forced her to touch his penis. Supporting evidence from several witnesses in and around the club seemingly corroborate Simon’s claims.