"We are real people. We really care. We've put all these years and effort into [the club]. This is our personal thing. And I'm taking it personal."
-- Jeff Mallett
, co-owner of the
Vancouver Whitecaps and father to two girls, saying he was troubled by the allegations of a dozen women who played for the Whitecaps and were part of Canada's under-20 talent pool around 2008 against
, a former coach for both squads whom they accuse of acting inappropriately. Mallett explained what the club did leading up to the decision to no longer employ Birarda as a coach in
October 2008 in a briefing with select media for the first time since women came forward this year with allegations of abuse and harassment. (Canadian Press