The players of the Venezuelan national team denounced former coach Kenneth Zseremeta, who led the national team between 2008 and 2017. “We have decided to break the silence to prevent situations of abuse and physical, psychological and sexual harassment caused by the coach from taking more victims in women’s football and in the world, “they expressed in a letter published on social networks.
There were twenty-four footballers from different teams of the Venezuelan national team who denounced the situations suffered for years by the former Panamanian coach. The statement accuses Zsemereta of having psychologically and sexually abused and harassed several players between 2013 and 2017. “Last year one of our teammates confessed to us that she had been sexually abused since she was 14 years old by coach Kenneth Zseremeta. This abuse lasted until he was fired in 2017. His accomplice in all this is Williams Pino, ”the players said in the letter.
The players ask FIFA, the Confederations, Federations and Leagues not to allow Zseremeta to continue as a women’s soccer coach. “As players we will not be silent anymore but we need the support of all these institutions,” they maintain. For his part, the president of the Venezuelan Football Federation (FVF), Jorge Giménez said: “Our commitment is to defend the integrity of this sport, we are ready to enforce the rights of our players. It is time to fight for respect and fairness. ”