World soccer’s governing physique mentioned Sayed Aghazada, the previous common secretary of the Afghanistan Soccer Federation (AFF), “was conscious of this abuse and had the obligation to report and forestall it.”
Karim was “responsible of getting abused his place and sexually abused varied feminine gamers,” in accordance with FIFA. It additionally fined him 1 million Swiss francs ($1 million).
Aghazada is an govt committee member of the Asian Soccer Confederation (AFC) — the area’s governing physique — having solely been elected to a four-year time period in April.
The group “will wait till the choice is ultimate and binding” earlier than making a choice on his place, it mentioned in a press release.
In December, former Afghan participant Khalida Popal advised CNN a few of the abuse happened throughout a seven-day coaching camp in Jordan on the finish of January final yr.
Popal, who was compelled to flee Afghanistan and now lives in Denmark, was current on the Jordan coaching camp. She mentioned that a minimum of 5 ladies have been abused of their rooms by two male officers, who had been despatched by the AFF to accompany the gamers.
Different gamers weren’t keen to talk to the media publicly, fearing for his or her security and that of their households, Popal mentioned.
In a press release launched on the time of the allegations, the AFF mentioned it “vigorously rejects” the allegations and mentioned it had a “zero tolerance method” to abuse. It mentioned the allegations have been being pushed by “former staff.”
FIFA has additionally fined Aghazada 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,000) and says it’s “nonetheless wanting into” allegations made in opposition to different people associated to the case.
CNN has reached out to the AFC and AFF for remark from Aghazada however neither have been instantly accessible to present a response.