The Rose City Riveters and Timbers Army – official fan organizations supporting Portland Thorns FC and the Timbers – are calling for a boycott of the Providence Park concessions and merchandise – “effective immediately”.
The October 5 statement comes after a morning apparition on the Today Sinead Farrelly and Meleana show “Mana, Shim, two former Thorns players who claim they were sexually harassed by their former Thorns coach Paul Riley and that management have blocked their attempts to report it.
“He’s a predator,” Shim told national television. “He sexually harassed me. He sexually forced Sinead. And it took away our careers.
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The fan groups intend to impose a settlement at the front office.
“The PTFC management team was aware of the incidents when they were reported in 2015. It is inexcusable,” the statement read. “This week’s post from owner Merritt Paulson further demonstrates that the Thorns organization has yet to make concrete changes to address its past failures.”
Fan clubs and with their combined 107IST group still plan to attend the games.
“On match day we will continue to present ourselves and support our teams safely,” the clubs wrote, via a press release. “The players deserve our strong and visible support – and withholding it would send the wrong message.”
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The statement urged “team supporters to donate money they otherwise would have spent on a game to the NWSLPA.” The National Women’s Soccer League Players Association (NWSLPA) is the union that represents women players. Read the full press release here.