FIFA has banned Haiti’s soccer federation president Yves Jean-Bart for all times after discovering him responsible of sexually harassing and abusing a number of feminine gamers, together with minors, world soccer’s governing physique mentioned on Friday.
FIFA provisionally suspended Jean-Bart in May whereas it investigated a number of allegations in opposition to him by victims, their family and friends members detailing how he coerced women into intercourse by threatening they’d lose their locations in nationwide workforce programmes. Jean-Bart has denied the allegations.
“The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Yves Jean-Bart… guilty of having abused his position and sexually harassed and abused various female players, including minors, in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics,” FIFA mentioned in a press release on its web site.
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“In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber… sanctioned him with a life ban from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level.”
The 73-year-old Jean-Bart, who was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Haitian justice system on Thursday, was additionally fined a million Swiss francs ($1.10 million) by FIFA.
A spokesman for Jean-Bart mentioned the previous president would attraction in opposition to FIFA’s resolution to sport’s highest courtroom.
“FIFA’s decision is a travesty of justice and (a) purely political move to avoid further controversy and bad press following a series of high-profile scandals,” the spokesman mentioned in a press release despatched to Reuters.
“Unlike the Haitian judicial system that properly investigated and cleared Dr Jean-Bart of any wrongdoing, FIFA failed to review actual evidence which is why Dr Jean-Bart expects to be fully exonerated and reinstated after appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”
FIFA added in its assertion that proceedings in opposition to different officers inside Haiti’s soccer federation had been nonetheless pending.