December 4 – FIFA has banned a third senior Afghanistan football official implicated in a sexual abuse scandal.
Mohammad Hanif Sediqi Rustam has been thrown out for five years for failing to report complaints over several years.
Sediqi Rustam was a secretarial assistant to the now-disgraced Keramuudin Karim, the former Afghan FA (AFF) president banned for life after several female national team players accused him of repeated sexual abuse.
Sediqi Rustam’s five-year ban and 10,000 Swiss francs fine are the same sanctions FIFA imposed in October on Sayed Aghazada, former Afghan FA general secretary who was removed from the Asian Football Confederation’s executive committee.
The widespread complaints of sexual abuse covered the period between 2013 and 2018. Afghan judicial authorities and FIFA launched investigations last year when players went public with their allegations.
FIFA said its ethics committee had established that Sediqi Rustam was “aware of such abuse and had the duty to report and prevent such abuse.”
In failing to do so, he breached two articles of the FIFA code of ethics, relating to “duty to report” and “protection of physical and mental integrity”.
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