FIFA suspends Haitian Football Chief Yves Jean-Bart over rape claims

Yves Jean-Bart Haitian Football Federation

FIFA said it has suspended Haitian Football Federation President for 90 days pending an investigation into allegations he sexually abused teenage girls at the national training center.

The 73-year old Jean-Bart who has led the country’s federation for two decades denied the allegation that he raped several young female footballers at a training facility outside Port-au-Prince over the course of the past five years.

“In accordance with articles 84 and 85 of the FIFA Code of Ethics, the investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has provisionally banned Mr Yves Jean-Bart, President of the Haitian Football Federation (FHF), from all football-related activities at both national and international level, for a period of 90 days,” FIFA said in a statement.

“This sanction has been imposed in connection with ongoing investigations concerning Mr Jean-Bart. Mr Jean-Bart was notified of the decision today. The provisional sanction comes into force immediately.”

Yves Jean-Bart was re-elected to the position for fifth time in January 2016. In the wake of the suspension of Jack Warner and Lisle Austin in 2011, he became the acting president of the Caribbean Football Union.