FIFA suspends two more as Haitian sex abuse investigation escalates

August 20 – FIFA has suspended two more Haitian football officials and has extended a 90-day provisional ban meted out to federation (FHF) president Yves Jean-Bart while it investigates allegations of teenage girls being sexually abused at the national training centre, built with a FIFA grant.

FIFA said ethics investigators “expanded the scope” of its probe by opening formal proceedings against girls’ supervisor at the national training centre, Nela Joseph, and the federation’s technical director, Wilner Etienne.

Both have been suspended for 90 days and they may not be the last.

“Furthermore,” said FIFA, “preliminary investigation proceedings are currently being carried out that include the analysis of potential offenses committed by other FHF/Haitian officials.”

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

It is claimed  he coerced several young female players into having sex going back five years. Multiple allegations have been made against him by alleged victims, their friends and family members, detailing how he warned those who suffered that they would otherwise lose their places in national team programmes.

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