Saturday, November 28, 2020

FIFA bans Haiti soccer chief for life after sex abuse investigation



Haiti’s Football Federation President Yves Jean-Bart has been banned for life by FIFA and fined over a million dollars.

The 73-year-old Jean-Bart was found guilty by FIFA of having abused his position and having sexually harassed and abused various female players, including minors.

Jean-Bart, who earlier was cleared by the Haitian justice system, reacted via a statement calling FIFA’s decision a travesty of justice and a purely political move.

He said the body had failed to review actual evidence.

In making public its decision to dismiss the case against Jean-Bart, the Haitian authorities said in a five-page document that no evidence and no victim’s name were found.

In contrast, FIFA’s Ethics Committee said it had banned Jean-Bart for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level.

It said the investigation concerned acts of systematic sexual abuse against female football players between 2014 and 2020 and said proceedings were still pending into other officals at the Haitian federation.