NWSL players halt matches in display of solidarity amid sexual misconduct allegations

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In solidarity with those who have accused coaches of sexual misconduct, NWSL players temporarily halted games on Wednesday

North Carolina Courage fired English coach Paul Riley after the allegations were made, which he denied.

The NWSL games were temporarily suspended while Lisa Baird, the league commissioner, resigned.

Portland Thorns, Riley's former manager, announced Wednesday that Gavin Wilkinson, general manager, had been placed on administrative leaves.

After receiving a complaint from Riley in 2015, the Thorns had previously apologized for not being transparent.

The league resumed at 6:06 p.m., with the three matches being halted. Both teams were playing in the middle of each pitch.

The NWSL Players'Association released a statement saying: "Players will unite in solidarity at the center circle for one minute in memory of the six-years it took for Mana [Shim], Sinead[Farrelly], all those who fought too long to be heard, and all others."

We ask our fans to remain silent with us. We ask that you share your pain and discomfort during that time as we reflect on what many of us have been asked too often to sit with.

"We ask you to think about what each one of us must do to win our league and our sport."

Separate investigations will be conducted by the US Soccer, NWSL and Fifa, world soccer governing bodies.