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‘Dark place’ – Bullying scandal motivates New Zealand women for World Cup – World Soccer Talk

  • Wellington (AFP) – The New Zealand women’s football team has emerged ” from a dark place” after a bullying scandal and is determined to make its mark at next month’s World Cup, striker Sarah Gregorius says.
  • The national team, known as the Football Ferns, were in disarray last year, with many of the squad in revolt and refusing to play under coach Andreas Heraf.
  • Heraf, who was in charge of the women’s team almost as an afterthought to his main role of New Zealand Football’s (NZF) technical director, was accused of creating a toxic environment of bullying, intimidation and harassment.
  • it’s more just support, particularly off the back of what happened last year, knowing that the team has come from a bit of a dark place,” she said.

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