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U.S. Soccer says allegations of “instigation” by players are “unbelievable”

U.S. Soccer says allegations of "instigation" by players are "unbelievable"

U.S. soccer president tells CNN more misconduct cases reported to U.S. Soccer

NASHVILLE, TN – APRIL 29: Tom Sermanni addresses the media during a press conference April 29, 2006, on the sidelines of the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships at the Soccerplex on the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville, Tennessee. The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships are held April 2-7. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

U.S. Soccer president calls claims ‘unbelievable’ from ‘unbelievable’ sources


07:48 EST, May 19, 2010







In his first comments on a new report that U.S. soccer has uncovered four new cases of “instigation” by players on American youth national teams, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said Monday that “the allegations are unbelievable,” but added that the federation has “the proof.” Gulati was speaking to CNN about the report by ESPN’s Outside the Lines, which detailed the claims by U.S. youth players that they have been offered money at a young age to change teams.

Fifty national team players are suing U.S. Soccer over a series of incidents, including the publication of player information on the Internet and in letters sent by several American soccer youth coaches to teams, in which they are accused of offering them money to switch teams.

“Anytime you have this kind of allegation, you need to get more than one or two independent sources,” Gulati said on CNN.

The federation is set to publish a report into the allegations against U.S. youth national teams on Wednesday, Gulati said. He acknowledged that while the federation is aware of the allegations, it can’t be sure that the incidents are what Outside the Lines reported

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