The Attorney General’s Office has 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.
The Office of the President, ARG Palace, had earlier said President Ghani has instructed the Attorney General Office to investigate the case thoroughly using all their authorities.
President Ghani further added that the misuse of authority and position is not acceptable, emphasizing that the immorality should be controlled in sports institutions.
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 to Jordan 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.