Saturday 16 December 2017

Harvard soccer team has season cancelled over sexually explicit list that ranked female players

Johnston Gate at Harvard Univeristy in Cambridge, MA on October, 12, 2015. (Photo by Rick Friedman/rickfriedman.com/Corbis via Getty Images)
Johnston Gate at Harvard Univeristy in Cambridge, MA on October, 12, 2015. (Photo by Rick Friedman/rickfriedman.com/Corbis via Getty Images)
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Harvard University has suspended their men's soccer team for the remainder of the season after it was discovered that players had ranked female footballers in a sexually explicit list.

The prestigious American university took the steps to pull the team from the rest of the season, with the squad currently top of the Ivy League table.

The move comes after The Crimson, Harvard's student newspaper, discovered a document made by the 2012 team which ranked female players based on their attractiveness.

Players on the team circulated the document online and called it their 'scouting report', according to The Guardian, and it included a list of nicknames and sexual positions alongside the players' position on the field.

Harvard athletics director Robert Scalise sent an email to the players on Thursday announcing that the university was cancelling the remainder of the team’s season, according to the report.

“I was saddened and disappointed to learn that the extremely offensive ‘scouting report’ produced by the 2012 men’s soccer team continued through the current season,” dean Rakesh Khurana said in a statement. “As I have stated, such behavior is antithetical to Harvard’s fundamental values.”

The team's coach, Pieter Lehrer, said that he was 'beyond disappointed' that the season was ending prematurely but that he accepted the decision.

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