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USWNT star Horan reveals toxic environment at PSG

Fri 19 March 2021 | 18:47

U.S. women’s national team player Lindsey Horan has given more detail about her time at Paris Saint-Germain dealing with a toxic work environment where she was repeatedly ridiculed for her weight.

The 26-year-old midfielder signed for the French outfit in 2012 and spent four years with the club, before moving to

Portland Thorns


Though she had plenty of success with


, Horan has talked about the body-shaming she experienced during her spell at the club.

"In France, that was the number one time that I felt like I wanted to quit soccer. I was not enjoying myself and there was just so much wrong being done, that I lost the love for the game,"

Horan said on the 

Butterfly Road podcast

, which is hosted by North Carolina Courage defender Cari Roccaro


Much of the abuse Horan described was under the direction of then-head coach Farid Benstiti, who is now the head coach of OL Reign in the National Women’s Soccer League.

"One of my team-mates, after an away game she had chocolate and the coach heard it in the front [of the team bus] and came back and basically took the chocolate from her, and said, 'You can't have this around Lindsey,' because I was sitting a seat ahead of her.

"There was a photo shoot that we did and the guy asked what I needed for a certain jacket, and our coach was in there, and I tried on the medium, and it didn't fit and I was like, 'Can I actually do a large?' 

"And he was like, 'At some point you need to be in a medium, you shouldn't be in a large in this jacket.' And like kind of smiled and laughed."

source: SportMob