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NZ women's coach placed on leave after player complaints

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) The coach of New Zealand's women's football team has been placed on leave pending an investigation of complaints about his conduct from members of the national team.

The complaints centered around tactics Andreas Heraf used in a recent home international against Japan and his comments to media after that match. Players reportedly objected to the defensive nature of Heraf's tactics in the 3-1 loss.

New Zealand Football chief executive Andy Martin said at a news conference on Wednesday that his organization had received a letter from the New Zealand Professional Footballers Association, containing letters of complaint from 13 national team members.

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