Irish soccer coach fired for sexual misconduct in US women’s league

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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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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.

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