FIFA suspends the president of the Haitian Federation for life for violation

FIFA suspended Yves Jean-Bart, president of the Haitian Football Federation, for life, accused of rape by several players, and fined him one million Swiss francs ($ 1.10 million).

The FIFA prosecution chamber, which had recovered the dossier in mid-October after the investigation phase, pointed out that the 73-year-old leader is guilty of having “abused his position” for “having sexually harassed and assaulted several players , including minors “.

In its decision on Wednesday, the FIFA internal justice suspended him for life “from all activities related to football, nationally and internationally,” also condemning him to a fine of one million Swiss francs.

The instance added that the investigation continues against “other officials of the Haitian Football Federation (FHF)”, implicated “in acts of systematic sexual abuse against female players between 2014 and 2020”, as “authors, accomplices or instigators.”

At the end of August, FIFA suspended two other Haitian soccer officials: Nella Joseph, Supervisor of Young Players at Croix-des-Bouquets, and Wilner Etienne, Technical Director of the FHF.

In mid-October, he announced that he had “expanded the scope of training” and the 90-day suspension of Yvette Félix, 38, a former captain of the national team and assistant coach at Croix-des-Bouquets.

Following an investigation by the British newspaper The Guardian, published at the end of April, the rape accusations against Yves Jean-Bart led to the opening of a criminal investigation.

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