FIFA suspends two more Haiti officials in sexual abuse inquiry

Preliminary investigation proceedings are currently being carried out that include the analysis of potential offenses committed by other football officials in Haiti, FIFA said.

Yves Jean-Bart

Yves Jean-Bart, 73, has categorically denies accusations that he raped several young female footballers at a training facility outside Port-au-Prince over the course of the past five years.   -  REUTERS

FIFA suspended two more football officials in Haiti to widen its investigation on Thursday into alleged systematic sexual abuse of young women players.

FIFA’s ethics committee judges first extended a 90-day provisional ban of Yves Jean-Bart, the longtime Haiti football federation president, by another 90 days while he is investigated for allegedly abusing national team players FIFA said ethics investigators now expanded the scope of the aforementioned investigations by opening formal proceedings against a woman and a man.

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They are the girls’ supervisor at the national training center, Nela Joseph, and the federation’s technical director, Wilner Etienne. Both were suspended for 90 days.

Furthermore, preliminary investigation proceedings are currently being carried out that include the analysis of potential offenses committed by other football officials in Haiti, FIFA said.

Jean-Bart, who has led Haitian football for 20 years, has denied the allegations that were published by British newspaper The Guardian in April.

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