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Women's coach 'showed no bias'
« on: June 20, 2007, 09:12:49 AM »
An arbitrator with the Sports Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada has ruled coach Even Pellerud showed no bias or had any improper motive when he suspended three members of the national women's soccer team.

"The decisions made by Pellerud relating to membership, carding and funding of the claimants were not affected by any bias, conflict of interest, apparent conflict of interest or improper motive," John Welbourn wrote in his 29-page report.

The decision seems to end a fight between Pellerud, the Canadian Soccer Association and the players.

Former captain Charmaine Hooper, defender Sharolta Nonen, and forward Christine Latham were suspended after failing to attend an exhibition series against China last August in a dispute with the CSA over national team residency camps.

The three players maintained they were being punished for not committing soon enough to a residency program funded by Greg Kerfoot, the millionaire owner of the United Soccer League's Vancouver Whitecaps.

The players believe the program pressures women to play for the Whitecaps, a charge the CSA denies.

They also claimed Pellerud was in conflict of interest because he rented a home from Kerfoot and he tried to recruit players for the Caps.

Welbourn found no evidence to back the claims.

"Pellerud's sole reason for terminating the claimants' Kerfoot funding was that each did not unconditionally commit to the residential camp within the time required," Welbourn wrote. "This is not an improper motive. The Kerfoot funding was not something to which any claimant was entitled."

The report also shows Pellerud pays $1,500 a month rent for the home.

The suspensions of the three players ended in November but none has been invited back.

The team has a berth at the women's World Cup this fall in China.