August 17 – The Mauritius FA has been plunged into an unusual scandal following an investigation involving alleged secret mobile phone video recordings of a women’s toilet at the federation’s headquarters.
Police are probing claims made by the federation’s administrative secretary, Mila Sinnasamy, that the phone was hidden in a blue basket placed in the water tank of the toilet and switched to video record mode in a deliberate act of voyeurism.
According to Britain’s Guardian newspaper, Sinnasamy claimed the device was used to indiscreetly record visitors, having been “placed in such a manner where if ever someone enter[ed] the toilet premises she would be clearly seen and if a lady removed her pants, her private parts would be clearly seen”.
It is not only staff who may have been affected since the association’s premises are also home to the country’s national youth team and several clubs.
Jaish Rampadrath, director of the top-flight club GRSE Wanderers SC, told the Guardian that the allegations had caused concern among parents.
“Some immediately contacted me after the news broke,” he said. “They are very upset because the facilities are also used by girls under the age of 17. There are two women’s toilets that are being used by the players and staff. I am urging parents to give police statements.”
“The government has personally approached the Child Protection Unit for help and assistance. This is a serious matter and we hope FIFA will agree to take action.”
The Guardian quoted a FIFA spokesman as saying: “These allegations are very concerning and should be investigated accordingly.”
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