FIFA has suspended the President of Afghanistan FootballFederation Keramuddin Karim as investigations are underway regarding his alleged involvement along with other officials in sexual abuse of the members of women’s football team.
According to a statement released by FIFA’s independent ethics committee, Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) president Keramudin Karim has been suspended for a period of at least 90 days.
The statement further added that Karim’s 90-day suspension “may be extended pending proceedings on the merits of the case”.
Karim is barred from all football-related activities at both national and international level, the statement added.
The Attorney General’s Office had earlier suspended the head of Afghanistan football federation and five other officials of the institute over sexual abuse allegations.
“After reviewing the allegations, the Attorney General has suspended six members including the head of Afghanistan Football Federation,” a senior presidential adviser Fazel Fazly said in a Twitter post.
This comes as the former head of the women’s football department Khalida Popal, players Shabnam Mobarez and Mina Ahmadi and the head coach, Kelly Lindsey, have accused the Afghanistan Football Federation officials of sexually and physically abusing the players of the women’s football team.
Popal has told Guardian that the members of the women’s football team were sexually abused by two men who were accompanying the team during a trip toJordan in February of this year.
She also added that her investigations revealed sexual, physical, and mental abuse of the female footballers by Afghanistan Football Federation officials.