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Real Salt Lake chief business officer Andy Carroll takes leave of absence after reported allegations of sexism

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Andy Carroll, Real Salt Lake chief business officer, talks about a new National Women’s Soccer League team coming to Utah during a press conference at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — After a Monday report from RSL Soapbox alleging sexism, Real Salt Lake chief business officer Andy Carroll, who is Dell Loy Hansen’s right-hand man in the organization, is taking a leave of absence.

In the report Monday, former team sideline reporter Rebecca Cade is quoted as describing the culture in the organization as “toxic,” and specifically alleged sexism from Carroll.

Carroll follows Hansen in taking a leave of absence in the last week over the fallout from comments Hansen made on the radio criticizing RSL players for opting not to play last Wednesday (Carroll was on the call with Hansen).

That ultimately resulted in Hansen announcing Sunday that he is going to sell Utah Soccer Holdings, the umbrella over RSL, Utah Royals FC, the Real Monarchs and the numerous other entities within the organization such as Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy and Zions Bank Real Academy in Herriman.

On Tuesday, Utah Soccer said in a statement announcing Carroll’s leave of absence, “Utah Soccer was extremely disappointed by the allegations in the recent RSL Soapbox article regarding Mr. Carroll. Mr. Carroll has spent notable time and energy to further the business operations of the organization. Still, Utah Soccer takes these allegations extremely seriously. 

“Utah Soccer prioritizes the safety, well-being, and security of its players and employees above all, and does not tolerate discriminatory or derogatory conduct of any kind.”

Major League Soccer also released a statement expressing concern over the allegations Monday, and said it has retained New York law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP to oversee investigations into both Hansen and Carroll’s conduct.

“We are deeply committed to maintaining an environment based on respect and integrity, free of discrimination in any form,” the statement read in part. “Our employees, clubs, players, and fans remain our top priority.”

Real Salt Lake returns to action this week when it hosts defending MLS Cup Champion Seattle at Rio Tinto Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

The match comes one week after RSL and LAFC players boycotted the match last Wednesday, which led to a string of dominos that will result in an ownership change at Real Salt Lake.