Ex-Rangers star Claudio Reyna has been accused of “bullying” by an independent investigation into accusations surrounding the treatment of son Giovanni by USA coach Gregg Berhalter.

There has been drama at the top of the American game following the World Cup with Berhalter’s position as coach under threat following the expiration of his contract after Qatar.

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Claudio Reyna was left infuriated by comments made by Gregg Berhalter at a New York conference were he hinted at squad discontent with Borussia Dortmund star Giovanni.

Named after former Ibrox manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst, the USA international midfielder would then release a statement defending himself on social media.

But where the situation took a dark twist is in a conversation with USA sporting director Earnie Stewart, where Claudio Reyna and wife Danielle revealed that Gregg Berhalter had assaulted his now wife Rosalind in 1991.

Claudio Reyna gives himself bloody nose with Gregg Berhalter USA claims

Whilst Gregg Berhalter took responsibility for his actions, where he admitted to kicking his then girlfriend, a report has now found that the situation should not prevent the coach taking charge of the USA side.

However, away from the public perception of the Reynas taking a dip in the aftermath of the incident, the report has also had come choice words about the behaviour of ex-Rangers star Claudio Reyna.

As detailed by the LA Times, as part of their investigation, US law firm Alston & Bird interviewed 16 people and reviewed emails, text messages and other materials.

They found that the Gregg Berhalter incident with his wife was an “isolated event” and found “no evidence” that outbursts of violence were a regular occurrence in his life.

But they did also claim that Claudio Reyna has waged a years long campaign to influence US Soccer when it comes to son Giovanni, behaviour the report calls “inappropriate,” “bullying” and “mean-spirited”.

This ranges from demanding his son was flown business class, questions over a lack of playing time, and “other instances when U.S. Soccer did not meet Claudio Reyna’s standards”.

The country is now looking at drafting guidelines and protections for coaches when it comes to how they are treated by the parents of young players.

Interestingly, it hasn’t impacted Giovanni Reyna’s role in the USA squad, as Malik Tillman found out his international fate this week.

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