Sexual assault: Soccer Canada singled out in turn

Sexual assault: Soccer Canada singled out in turn


After Hockey Canada, the Soccer Canada organization also receives some blame, to a lesser extent, for its mishandling of a sexual assault case.

During While Bob Birarda is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to three counts of sexual abuse, the organization did not follow its own policy regarding such assaults, according to the findings of an independent investigation. Soccer Canada has notably remained silent, according to a report released by McLaren Global Sport Solution.

Birarda, who has been at the helm of the Canadian women's under-20 team, also had was dropped from the Vancouver Whitecaps women's team in 2009. He was arrested in 2020 on six charges of sexual exploitation, two of sexual assault and one of child luring between 1998 and 2008.

< p>At Hockey Canada, it was revealed on Wednesday that a special fund dedicated in particular to out-of-court settlements had been used, since its establishment in 1989, to make nine payments for cases of sexual abuse, totaling $7.6 million.