The president of the Haitian Football Federation, Yves Jean-Bart, was banned for life by FIFA after the football organization found him guilty of sexually assaulting female players, including minors.
FIFA said in a statement that Yves Jean-Bart, 73, was not allowed to participate in all football-related activities, and will be fined more than $ 1 million.
The world football body specifies that Jean-Bart “Had abused her position and harassed and sexually abused various players, including minors, in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics”.
FIFA says it has opened an investigation into Jean-Bart and other Haitian Football Association officials into allegations “Systematic sexual abuse against female football players between 2014 and 2020”. Several players have spoken to various media about the alleged abuse, detailing an allegedly horrific situation.
In particular, FIFA suspended at the end of August Nella Joseph, supervisor for young girls at the national technical center of Croix-des-Bouquets, and Wilner Etienne, national technical director of the FHF. In mid-October, she had “Widened the scope of instruction” to Yvette Félix, ex-captain of the Haitian selection and assistant coach at Croix-des-Bouquets
For his part, Jean-Bart has repeatedly denied these accusations, claiming “That he would not encourage such practices in Haitian football, even less in the center which is under my responsibility”.
“If there were such cases, I would encourage victims to file a complaint with the federation and the country’s judicial authorities. We are ready, at the level of the federation, to support them ”, he added. A representative for Jean-Bart said he plans to appeal the FIFA sanction.