Football Australia is opening an independent investigation into the treatment of women footballers after one of the greatest players in football history made allegations of abuse in women’s football in Australia 20 years ago.
Lisa De Vanna, Australia’s second-highest goalscorer, suggested she had suffered sexual harassment, indecent assault, grooming and intimidation from senior players throughout her career with incidents since 2001, when she was part of the Young Matildas team.
De Vanna told News Corp that she believed there was a toxic culture in the sport and alleged that she had been abused, claiming to have been sexually harassed by older teammates at the age of. 17 years. De Vanna described a series of incidents in team environments, including one where she had to fight her teammates who attacked her.
âI was pulled from behind and beaten dry by a few of my teammates. I struggled to get out of the ground kicking and screaming. They thought it was funny, âDe Vanna said. âI was just a kid from Perth, I didn’t know the difference. I lost my shit and wanted to hit them.
De Vanna also detailed incidents of sexual harassment in a shower where she claims to have received unwanted advances from other players. The Sydney Morning Herald and Age asked for comments from De Vanna on Tuesday night.
On Saturday, De Vanna tweeted about witnessing abuse in women’s football, suggesting that she had seen women protecting other women who assaulted women in the game as well as organizations protecting coaches and footballers. players who assaulted players.
Football Australia recently received a complaint from De Vanna and the organization intends to meet with former Matilda again. However, in a statement released on Tuesday evening, Football Australia claim that some of the allegations made by De Vanna in the interview with News Corp were not included in his complaint.
Football Australia has called on all other players, coaches, past or present to come forward if they have suffered abuse similar to that alleged by De Vanna and have confirmed that they have spoken with Sport Integrity Australia ahead of an independent investigation.