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Geneva (AP) — FIFA released details of its investigation into systematic sexual abuse of female soccer players in Haiti on Wednesday …

Geneva (AP) — FIFA released details of an investigation into the systematic sexual abuse of women’s footballers in Haiti on Wednesday, saying that there were 14 casualties to the president of the FIFA.

According to the FIFA Ethics Committee, Eve Jeanbert, the 20-year president of the Haiti Football Federation, raped a 14-year-old girl and took a “habitual mistress” among the players. Details were included in a newly announced verdict explaining why Jean Bart was banned from football for life in November.

The 45-page document states that “many girls with very poor backgrounds have come to be known as his” restaveks “, the term for child slaves in Haiti.”

One of the 14-year-olds was allegedly pregnant with Jean Bart and had an abortion by a football federation official.

“Mr. Jean Bart’s behavior is simply unforgivable and shameful for footballers,” concluded a FIFA ethics judge. “The pain and suffering he caused various victims of sexual harassment and abuse cannot even be fully understood.”

FIFA has received evidence from a survey by the global football player union FIFPro and Human Rights Watch.

They reported 34 “identified potential victims of sexual abuse and 10 potential perpetrators, 14 of whom are the names of Jean Bart’s potential victims.” The book states. It quoted witness threats and “authoritarian and economic power that Jean Bart seems to have in Haiti.”

According to FIFA documents, witnesses said they would give underwear to teenage girls, including minors, when Jean Bart began to establish an abusive relationship.

A therapist working with Human Rights Watch reports that “the majority of victims / witnesses are still working to restore psychological security … and have not fully dealt with their trauma.” did.

Jean Bart denied the allegations first made by the British newspaper The Guardian in April. He said he would challenge the FIFA ban and a fine of CHF 1 million ($ 1.13 million) at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

FIFA ethics investigators have also filed proceedings against other Haitian football federation officials allegedly committing or enabling sexual abuse of players.

The abuse is said to have occurred at a national training center in the country in Croix-des-Bouquets, which was funded by FIFA. It was known as the “ranch”.

Jambar has led the Haiti Federation since 2000 and has participated in several FIFA committees, including the Women’s Soccer Panel from 2002 to 2005.

He continued to be a member of the FIFA Commission for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, even after alleged sexual abuse began in 2014.

At his FIFA hearing at Videolink in November, Jean Bart’s defense included a claim that the witnesses’ testimony was “similar, almost identical, and false.” ..

“Mr. Jean Bart wouldn’t have been able to rape or have sex with someone because he wasn’t energetic,” his lawyer said.

They also claimed that the success of the Haiti women’s national team “could never be achieved in the presence of alleged sexual abuse or harassment (by FIFA investigators).”

“The abuse was carried out by different people in different parts of the (Haitian Football Federation), causing rape, pregnancy and even abortion,” the FIFA committee, consisting of three judges, accepted the allegations. It was.

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