(Reuters) – 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, international soccer’s governing physique stated on Friday.
FIFA provisionally suspended Jean-Bart in Could whereas it investigated a number of allegations towards him by victims, their family and friends members detailing how he coerced women into intercourse by threatening they might lose their locations in nationwide staff programmes. Jean-Bart has denied the allegations.
“The adjudicatory chamber of the impartial Ethics Committee has discovered Yves Jean-Bart… responsible of getting abused his place and sexually harassed and abused varied feminine gamers, together with minors, in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics,” FIFA stated in an announcement on its web site right here.
“In its determination, the adjudicatory chamber… sanctioned him with a life ban from all football-related actions (administrative, sports activities or another) at each nationwide and worldwide stage.”
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.
The Haitian Soccer Federation was not instantly obtainable to remark, however a spokesman for Jean-Bart advised Britain’s Guardian newspaper that the previous president would attraction towards FIFA’s determination to sport’s highest courtroom CAS.
“FIFA’s determination is a travesty of justice and (a) purely political transfer to keep away from additional controversy and unhealthy press following a sequence of high-profile scandals,” the spokesman stated in an announcement reported by The Guardian.
“In contrast to the Haitian judicial system that correctly investigated and cleared Dr Jean-Bart of any wrongdoing, FIFA didn’t assessment precise proof which is why Dr Jean-Bart expects to be absolutely exonerated and reinstated after interesting to the Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport.”
FIFA added in its assertion that proceedings towards different officers inside Haiti’s soccer federation had been nonetheless pending.
($1 = 0.9097 Swiss francs)
Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Modifying by Ken Ferris