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Banners and signs declaring, “PROTECT THE PLAYERS” and “NO MORE SILENCE” were displayed around National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) pitches on Wednesday, as teams took the field for the first time since the league was rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct.

The matches were the first since a report from The Athletic on Thursday outlined allegations of sexual coercion and misconduct from former North Carolina Courage head coach Paul Riley, prompting the league to postpone last weekend’s games.

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