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Utah Royals FC fires head coach Craig Harrington

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Posted at 12:13 PM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 15:30:30-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Royals fired head coach Craig Harrington Monday, nearly two months after placing him on administrative leave.

Harrington and his assistant, Louis Lancaster, were placed on leave in September after they were tied into workplace misconduct allegations made against the Royals and Real Salt Lake front office.

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The team announced Amy LePeilbet will continue as interim head coach and that Lancaster will be allowed to return to the club as an assistant coach.

“Utah Royals FC is proud to represent the state of Utah nationally and across the globe. Utah Royals FC takes this responsibility seriously, and have committed to keeping the community and its fans apprised of team developments. After careful review and consideration, the Club has decided to part ways with head coach Craig Harrington." the club said in a statement.

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The Real Salt Lake organization was rocked with sexist and racist behavior allegations, which led to owner Dell Loy Hansen announcing he would sell his stake in RSL, the Royals and Real Monarchs.