FIFA suspend Haiti’s Footballing President over Investigations of Sexual Abuse

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Yves Jean-Bart is currently serving a 90-day suspension period over investigations of sexual abuse towards underage women at the country’s national training facility.

 

By James Braham

This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 7 of VARSITY News.

 

On May 25th 2020, Haitian Football President Yves Jean-Bart was suspended by FIFA for 90 days as investigations opened up over allegations of sexual abuse with teenage girls at the national training centre.

 

The temporarily suspended president of the Haitian Football Federation (FHF) Jean-Bart, aged 73, is currently in his sixth term as president of the federation. He has been in charge for over two decades. The accusations are specifically concerned with the last five years, where several young female footballers were allegedly coerced into having sex with Jean-Bart at the country’s national training centre (Centre Technique National) in Croix-des-Bouquets, just outside Port-au-Prince.

 

FIFA made a statement investigating the matter, “In accordance with articles 84 and 85 of the FIFA Code of Ethics, the investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has provisionally banned Mr Yves Jean-Bart, President of the Haitian Football Federation (FHF), from all football-related activities at both national and international level, for a period of 90 days”.

 

The Guardian released an article in April where the alleged victims reported on the incidents. Remaining fairly anonymous, the women have accused Jean-Bart of raping multiple underage players over time. Additionally, they have also stated to The Guardian that they were told to remain silent and that at least two of the women had to get abortions after their encounters with Jean-Bart.

 

He has since denied the allegations.

 

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