UConn player sues over punishment for middle-finger incident

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HARTFORD — A former UConn soccer player who lost her scholarship in 2014 after giving the middle finger to a television camera plans to sue the school, alleging her punishment was excessive.

Noriana Radwan, who now plays for Hofstra, has called a news conference for Monday morning in Newburgh, New York.

She was a freshman when she made the obscene gesture to an ESPNU camera while celebrating with teammates after the Huskies beat the University of South Florida 3-2 on penalty kicks in the 2014 American Athletic Conference championship game.

Her lawsuit alleges that after being suspended from the team, she was stripped of her scholarship. She said the punishment was far harsher than male athletes have received for more serious offenses.

UConn says it has not seen the lawsuit, and federal privacy laws prevent the school from commenting.

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