FIFA Suspends Haiti's President Over Sex Allegations

FIFA Suspends Haiti's President Over Sex Allegations

FIFA Suspends Haiti’s President Over Sex Allegations

President of Haiti’s football federation suspended by FIFA after sexual abuse case was opened against him

The President of the Haitian Football Federation, Yves Jean-Bart, has been suspended from his post by FIFA for 90 days following allegations that he forced teenage female players into having sex with him at the national training center of the country.

“In compliance with Articles 84 and 85 of the FIFA Code of Ethics, for a period of 90 days, the disciplinary chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee banned Mr. Yves Jean-Bart, President of the Haitian Football Federation (FHF), from all national and international football-related activities,” FIFA reported in a statement.

“This penalty was placed on Mr Jean-Bart in conjunction with the ongoing investigations.

FIFA has provisionally suspended President Yves Jean-Bart of Haiti’s Football Federation for 90 days while investigations are being conducted into claims that he sexually abused young women footballers at the country’s national training centre.

“Mr. Jean-Bart was notified of the decision today, and the provisional sanction immediately enters into force.”

According to the UK Guardian, alleged victims, their families, and family members have made numerous claims against Jean-Bart, describing how he manipulated girls into sex by threatening to forfeit their positions in the national team, events that date back five years.

Mr. Jean-Bart, 73, who has been in charge of the Haiti Football Federation for the past two decades, refuted the accusations that he had coerced multiple players to have sex with him at the training center of the association in Croix-des-Bouquets.

He said there had been “never any complaint against the federation, nor against the workers involved in our academy, nor my self. Any kind of sexual harassment activity in our camp center is almost unlikely considering the physical frameworks, educational values and continuous vigilance we have put in place.

The accusations were “clearly a ploy to destabilize the FHF, the president’s character and his family” he said.

FIFA Suspends Haiti’s President Over Sex Allegations

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