(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, world soccer’s governing physique stated on Friday.
FIFA provisionally suspended Jean-Bart in Might 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 unbiased 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 a press release 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 every other) at each nationwide and worldwide stage.”
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 stated the previous president would enchantment in opposition to FIFA’s determination to sport’s highest court docket.
“FIFA’s determination is a travesty of justice and (a) purely political transfer to keep away from additional controversy and dangerous press following a sequence of high-profile scandals,” the spokesman stated in a press release despatched to Reuters.
“Not like the Haitian judicial system that correctly investigated and cleared Dr Jean-Bart of any wrongdoing, FIFA did not evaluation precise proof which is why Dr Jean-Bart expects to be totally exonerated and reinstated after interesting to the Courtroom 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.
($1 = 0.9097 Swiss francs)
Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Modifying by Ken Ferris