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New Zealand Football chief resigns due to ‘bullying’ in women’s football

Deryck Shaw, New Zealand Football’s (NZF) president, has resigned after failing to appropriately deal with a bullying scandal in the national women’s team.

In July, 13 players refused to play for the team, forcing Andreas Heraf to resign as head coach and technical director. And an independent panel later concluded that the Austrian had “bullied and harassed” players.

Then NZF chief Andy Martin was also forced to resign and Shaw has now decided to step down. Shaw apologised after failing to tackle the allegations and has said leaving is the “right thing to do.”

“It is appropriate that I resign from my role as president to allow football to move forward,” he said. “This is my decision as the head of the organisation and it is the right thing to do.”

Shaw’s assistant Phil Barry will replace him until the next NZF congress in 2019.

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