Harvard men's soccer team suspended, accused of rating women's team based on looks

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Harvard men's soccer team suspended, accused of rating women's team based on looks

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The Harvard University men's soccer team has been suspended for the rest of the season over a so-called "scouting report" that rates players on the women's team based on their looks.

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WFXT obtained a letter sent to student athletes by Athletic Director Robert L. Scalise saying the team continued a "widespread" practice of using vulgar and explicit documents to rate the women on their appearance.

It isn't a new allegation -- the Harvard Crimson newspaper first reported last month that the accusations started with the 2012 team. WFXT had learned the ranking system became a tradition and has continued.

"I understand that this practice appears to be more widespread across the team and has continued beyond 2012, including in 2016, and that current students who participated were not immediately forthcoming about their involvement," Scalise said.

The team will forfeit the rest of the season and any playoff opportunity.

"I was deeply distressed to learn that the appalling actions of the 2012 men’s soccer team were not isolated to one year or the actions of a few individuals, but appear to have been more wide-spread across the team and have continued beyond 2012, including in the current season,” Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust said in a statement to WFXT.