Women’s football must act urgently on coach-player relationships | Suzanne Wrack

The Guardian is aware of more than 18 staff members across the pyramid who have had relationships with their players in the past 10 years

“It’s unacceptable”, “it’s crazy”, “it shouldn’t happen” – these are some of the words of condemnation from Women’s Super League managers on the possibility of relationships between players and coaches.

Their words were prompted by questions from journalists after Leicester suspended Willie Kirk while investigating him over an alleged relationship with one of his players. It also comes just over a month after Sheffield United sacked Jonathan Morgan for an alleged relationship with a player during his time at Leicester – before the team was professional and affiliated with the men’s side.

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