LThe Ireland women’s coach, Vera Pauw, has denounced on her social networks that she was raped and assaulted when she was a player. “This has been the hardest thing in my life but finally I’m ready to move on and be proud of who I am”he wrote in a message next to his complaint letter.
According to the Dutch coach, the events occurred when she was a young soccer player and the aggressor would have been a prominent soccer manager. The Irish Federation, as soon as the news was known, has given its full support to the senior women’s coach of their country.
Pauw, who has previously coached the Scottish, Netherlands, Russian and South African women’s teams, and was capped as a player for her country 89 times, she also claimed she was sexually assaulted by “two other men”.
In his statement on Twitter, Pauw accused the Dutch soccer federation of trying to silence his ordeal. by refusing to open a full investigation.
For its part, the Dutch Federation (KNVB) admitted that it did not respond quickly enough when Pauw first denounced these facts and that I had made mistakesbut also excused herself by saying she had turned the case over to an independent investigator, as allegedly requested by the current Ireland coach.
The Irish Federation has been more forceful after Pauw’s complaint, who agreed to his position in 2019. “The FAI has given its full support to the coach of the Republic of Ireland women’s senior teamVera Pauw, at this difficult time in her life, as she makes very brave revelations about her past,” the statement read.