Chicago Red Stars owner Arnim Whistler removed from board following investigation into abuse of women in soccer

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The Chicago Red Stars board voted to remove Arnim Wisler as board chairman on Wednesday after The independent research of Sally Q. Yates publicized over allegations of abusive behavior and sexual misconduct in women’s professional soccer.

The motion was removed just two days after Yates’ report. According to the team’s statement, the club “will transfer him from his board position with the Chicago Red Stars effective immediately (Chicago Women’s Soccer Academy, LLC) and to codify his removal from any further involvement with club or board functions.” Whistler had previously announced on Tuesday that he would step down from the NWSL board.

You can read the full statement from the table below:

“The Chicago Red Stars Board of Directors voted this morning to remove Arnim Wisler as Chairman of the Board, effective immediately from his position with the Chicago Red Stars (Chicago Women’s Soccer Academy, LLC) and to codify his removal from any further involvement with club or board functions. The board was deeply disappointed after reading Yates’ report and believes the club cannot move forward to rebuild trust with the Red Stars players, staff and community with his continued involvement. The first job for board members is to continue to build a culture where the players, and everyone who works at the club, feel they are in a safe and supportive environment. Finally, the board would like to express its gratitude to all those who have shown such bravery in sharing their stories. Thank you for your presence.”

Reaction and response to the Yates report has been ongoing NWSL players and franchises are making statements and calling for change. Chicago Red Stars supporters group Chicago Local 134 issued a statement after Yates’ report that included extensive details about Whisler and former coach Rory Dames. Several allegations have been made against Dames since his resignation in November 2021. The supporters group will refrain from “all interpersonal events, including attendance at games, merchandise purchases and other Red Stars events that directly or indirectly benefit Arnim Whisler “.

The board consists of six members, five of which come from the new addition of investors in 2021. Dean Egerter is an original investor and part of a group that invested in 2007 to help build the club.

While the share sale and divestment was not specifically mentioned in the board’s initial statement, club sources told CBS Sports “the board wants to help facilitate the sale of Arnim’s shares in a timely process, which is prudent and when completed, it can lead the Red Stars players, coaches and staff to a better future.”

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