May 10, 2021

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FIFA official ban for sexual abuse of female national team players

On Monday, a football official in Haiti was banned for 10 years for her role in the systematic sexual abuse of female national team players.

FIFA ethics judges ruled that Nella Joseph, former supervisor of the Haitian women’s under-20 team, was guilty of “actively coercing and threatening (players) to engage in sexual relations With the then president of the Haitian Football Association.

FIFA expelled former long-time Haitian FA president Yves Jean-Bart from lifelong football last year.

A FIFA judgment in Jean-Bart’s case said he raped girls as young as 14 and took “habitual mistresses” among players from 2014.

Joseph “failed to protect the physical and mental integrity of various players who were under his authority and responsibility” at the national training center in Haiti, FIFA said in a statement.

She was also fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($ 22,000).

FIFA said its ethics committee was working on other pending cases against Haitian football officials.

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The allegations first came to light in UK newspaper The Guardian in April 2020.