A 2-year sentence for Bob Birarda, former coach of the women's soccer team

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A 2-year sentence for Bob Birarda, former coach of the women’s soccer team

At the start of 2008, Birarda was still the head coach of the Whitecaps women's team and the Canadian women's U-20 team. He lost these two jobs in October 2008. His two former employers did not provide any specific explanation at the time. Canada Soccer was content to say that the decision was made by mutual agreement.

The former coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps women's team and the team Canadian Women's Under-20 Bob Birarda receives a two-year sentence for sexual offenses against four players.

In North Vancouver, Judge Deanna Gaffar ruled that Bob Birarda had done extraordinary wrong and violated the sexual integrity of four young female soccer players, including three who were under the age of 18 at the time of the incidents. /p>

Judge Gaffar added that the former coach will spend nearly 16 months of the sentence behind bars, while the remaining eight months will be served in the community under conditions that have not yet been determined.

Three-year probation will follow.

The judge added that Bob Birarda was in a position of trust with each of the victims , who feared harming their soccer careers by rejecting his advances.

Bob Birarda, 55, pleaded guilty last February to three counts of; sexual assault and an accusation of sexual touching in a position of authority.

The events took place between 1988 and 2008. Coach was fired by the Whitecaps and Canada Soccer in October 2008.

This summer, an independent analysis concluded that Canada Soccer mishandled sexual harassment allegations against the coach.

Former Canada Women s Under-20 coach Bob Birarda was arrested in late 2020.

With information from The Canadian Press

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