Ireland’s women’s football manager Vera Pow says that early in her playing career in 1986 she was raped by a ‘chief football official’ appointed by Dutch football.
Pow made the claim in a report that was published in the respected Dutch newspaper NRC on Saturday and in a statement he posted on Twitter. The official was not identified in Pauw’s statement or the NRC story.
“Even the people closest to me don’t know about the rape I suffered at the hands of a prominent football official when I was a young player,” Pow wrote.
It’s been the hardest thing in my life, but at last, I’m ready to move on and be proud of who I am
— Vera Pauw (@verapauw) 1 July 2022
“Later, two sexual assaults by two other men were added to this record. All three men were employed in Dutch football at the time of these incidents.”
The NRC has written that the alleged rape took place in 1986 at Pau’s house.
In an interview with NRC, Koch said that he was ‘shocked by the allegation’ and denied that rape had taken place.
“Nothing inappropriate has happened in that regard,” he told the newspaper.
Pow also stated that, both as a player and as a coach with the Dutch national team, she was exposed to “systematic sexual abuse, abuse of power, bullying, intimidation, isolation and framing”.
In a written response posted on its website, the Dutch football association KNVB said it was ‘extremely shocked’ by Pow’s experiences, which they discussed with the association last year, which led to an independent investigation.
KNVB stated that the investigation “shows that KNVB should have approached several issues differently. For example, Vera has unfortunately been confronted in the past with several errors (of judgments) and harmful comments from (former) KNVB employees.” had to do.”