Portland Thorns fires Pierre Soubrier & Sophie Clough after outcomes from NWSL investigation

The Portland Thorns have fired head athletic coach Pierre Soubrier and assistant coach Sophie Clough after outcomes of an impartial NWSL investigation proved the 2 violated league insurance policies. 

The revealed report revealed Soubrier had given a managed substance to gamers in violation of league coverage, and with out a physician’s prescription. 

NWSL’s third-party investigators acknowledged Soubrier “…administered the managed substance to the gamers on a number of events with out a prescription and doctor supervision which is a violation of federal and state legal guidelines and league coverage. Further, Soubrier administered the remedy to one of many gamers with out her knowledgeable consent.”

Soubrier, who’s married to Thorns midfielder Crystal Dunn, was positioned on administrative go away in December. League Policy now states that Soubrier can solely be eligible for future NWSL jobs provided that he receives clearance from the commissioner and “…acknowledges wrongdoing and accepts private duty for his conduct and demonstrates a honest dedication to correcting his habits.”

Dr. Breanne Brown additionally took half within the investigation, after self-reporting to staff General Manager Karina LeBlanc that she had equipped Soubrier with the substance. She, reportedly, felt uncomfortable with the choice and instructed the athletic coach to try to retrieve the remedy earlier than it was administered. 

The league discovered that Dr. Brown ‘didn’t violate any federal or state legislation or league coverage’, however that the NWSL’s Chief Medical Officer will now maintain her to elevated oversight for 3 months, after which the CMO will file an evaluation of Dr. Brown’s conduct with the commissioner. The league can also be requiring Dr. Brown to evaluation the American Medical Association’s Code of Ethics.

In Clough’s case, a number of issues have been raised surrounding incidents of bullying and inappropriate habits. It was reported she made a participant really feel uncomfortable when she kissed her neck through the staff’s championship celebration. 

The investigation then discovered the allegations of undesirable bodily contact to be true however mentioned the bullying claims have been unsubstantiated.

Clough, like Soubrier, can even be eligible to educate within the NWSL once more offered she features clearance from the commissioner, ‘demonstrates a transparent dedication to correcting habits and acknowledges wrongdoing and accepts private duty for inappropriate conduct’ and completes coaching on discrimination, harassment, and bullying.

“Portland Thorns FC stay dedicated to following all NWSL insurance policies,” the Thorns mentioned in a press release offered to The Oregonian.

“The membership reported to the league and absolutely cooperated with the league’s investigation into the allegations of misconduct by head athletic coach Pierre Soubrier and assistant coach Sophie Clough. Upon receiving the NWSL’s closing investigative findings, the membership terminated the employment of each Soubrier and Clough. The well being and security of the gamers is our utmost precedence.”

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