(ANSA) – ROME, Oct 6 – Some former footballers in Australia have denounced the toxic environment of sexual assault and harassment in sport. In an interview with the Sydney Daily Telegraph, former Matildas striker Lisa de Vana spoke about the horrific harassment of her former teammates. She said, “Have I been sexually harassed? Yes. Have I been bullied? Yes? Outcast? Yes. Did I see things that made me uncomfortable? Yes.” His stories have been confirmed with the support of his former colleague, Elicia Karnavas, and her former manager, Rose Garofano.
Another former player, Raleigh Dobson, said she was harassed once she joined the team.
The Football Association of Australia said it was not aware of the incident but announced an internal investigation. Australia will host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.
Recently, cases of abuse have been reported in women’s gymnastics and hockey. The Swimming Federation launched an investigation after a female swimmer left the national team before the Tokyo Olympics for the presence of “misogynistic perverts” in the sport. (Dealing).
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