US Soccer has opened an investigation into men’s national team head coach Gregg Berhalter, the organization announced on Tuesday, as the coach released a statement regarding a previous incident of domestic violence between him and his wife. now wife.
Although US Soccer did not provide details of the incident, Berhalter released a long statement on Twitter on Tuesday describing the moment in 1991 when he says he kicked his wife Rosalind, who was his girlfriend at the time, during an argument. The statement is signed by Berhalter and his wife.
“There is no excuse for my actions that night,” he said in the statement, adding that it was a “shameful moment” that he “regrets to this day,” and Rosalind told him. finally forgave.
The soccer coach, who led the United States in the Qatar 2022 World Cup, said someone contacted US Soccer during the World Cup “saying they had information about me that would bring me down.”
US Soccer said it immediately hired an outside firm to conduct an independent investigation.
Berhalter said he and his wife have been cooperating with the ongoing investigation. US Soccer also said it appreciated the couple “coming forward to speak openly about this incident”.
US Soccer’s statement also indicates that during the investigation, the organization became aware of other potential inappropriate behavior from outside of US Soccer.
“Through this process, US Soccer has learned of potential inappropriate behavior towards several members of our staff by individuals outside of our organization. We take such behavior seriously and have expanded our investigation to include these allegations,” US Soccer said. .
The organization added that it launched a full “technical review” of the men’s national team program last month in addition to the survey and said it would announce who will lead the program’s January camp in the next days.
Berhalter’s future with US Soccer remains uncertain. He was appointed to this position in December 2018.
The coach’s statement concludes: “Although we would prefer not to talk about something so personal from so long ago in such a public forum, we take this opportunity to share what has shaped us and how much we have grown and learned from this over the past 31 years.