PODCAST – Welcome Vancouver Whitecaps FC fans, to Episode 35 of the 90Plus Podcast. The guys take a different approach to this show, covering the story of former Whitecaps women’s coach Bob Birada, his 9 sexual assault charges, and the club’s handling of the situation. We speak to Ciara McCormack.
90Plus Podcast – Ciara McCormack interview, Bob Birada sexual assault charges
This is the 90Plus Podcast, where Ben Righetti and Sebastian Pereira talk and cover everything Whitecaps related. A podcast bringing listeners news, game recaps, analysis, and more surrounding Vancouver.
In this week’s episode, Ciara McCormack joins the show to talk about her experiences with Bob Birada, expands on the story surrounding the women’s team at the time, and her decade long battle to bring attention to the situation. It is worth noting that Ciara wasn’t one of the victims herself, despite what is said in the introduction. Ciara was the ring leader and figure head in a massive group effort to bring justice to the case.
Ben Righetti covers the Whitecaps for Last Word on Soccer, attending practices and games to bring readers the best and most in depth coverage of the team possible. Born in England, Ben was thrown into the life of wearing the blue and white of Chelsea, before moving to Vancouver.
Since then, the Whitecaps have been Ben’s go to for a dose of soccer. The east Londoner recently graduated from the Broadcast and Online Journalism program at BCIT, and hopes that the coverage he provides for Last Word, mixed with his CFL experience and TSN internship can make him a prominent figure in Vancouver’s sports media market.
Sebastian Pereira is a contributor for World Football Index, covering the Vancouver Whitecaps. Born in Colombia, Sebastian has always had a strong passion for the beautiful game, with his top football memories being his country’s deep run in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and watching Liverpool lift the Champions League in 2019. Sebastian is currently in his second year of studying journalism in Vancouver and aims to cover the sport at a top level.