Say what you will about crazy, MLS hating Chivas Guadalajara (former Chivas USA too) owner Jorge Vergara, today he fired head coach Ricardo La Volpe. The World Cup winning former goalkeeper and Mexican National Team Coach had been in the job a month. It is not that unusual, Vergara likes to fire coaches, like I like to buy books…
What is unique in this case is the reason, not nationality, not performance, not results, not tactical ideological, not even personality conflicts… HE FIRED LA VOLPE FOR WHAT THE CLUB TERMED, “INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR” TOWARDS A FEMALE CLUB STAFF MEMBER. CAN WE GET A BIG CHEER FOR FIGHTING SEXISM IN SPORTS..
Taking a page from Adam Silver’s reaction to racism, Vergara said in a statement, “I got the call yesterday, we did the investigation that we needed to do and unfortunately we had to arrive at this situation.” Complaint, investigation, and decisive action taken swiftly. Veraga declined to give details of the inappropriate action but did say that legal authorities are investigating a formal complaint of La Volpe’s actions toward the female staffer.
THANK YOU SENOR VERAGA FROM ALL FEMALE FANS AND FOR ALL WOMEN WORKING IN SPORTS
For More information, Veraga gave an interview with Jore Ramos of ESPN Desports [FYI, all in Spanish]
Typically the media is almost exclusively focused on the Chivas coaching merri-go-round and making meme’s mocking the situation.
DEAR VAST MAJORITY OF SOCCER/SPORTS MEDIA,
Vergara fired a well respected coach for SEXUAL MISCONDUCT against a female staffer at the Club. He should be applauded for taking a rock solid stand against sexism in sports.. Saying to EVERYONE at Chivas and Liga MX, “WOMEN working in MY Club are to be respected, to be treated as equals.. Women at My Club are NOT sexual toys for the Males in this Club.”
Maybe sometime you will all learn that SEXISM IS EQUALLY REPREHENSIBLE AS RACISM AND HOMOPHOBIA.. THANK FULLY VERGARA ALREADY HAS.