The world football association FIFA is appealing against a ruling by the sports tribunal CAS in a case involving the former football boss of Haiti, who is alleged to have been guilty of sexual abuse. The FIFA ethics committee imposed a lifelong suspension on Yves Jean-Bart at the end of 2020. However, the CAS came to a different conclusion and overturned the verdict of the global football association.
FIFA is now going to the Swiss Supreme Court, requesting that the CAS re-examine the case. According to the football association, the 66-page ruling of the Lausanne-based sports tribunal contains “very serious procedural and substantive shortcomings” and the CAS failed to examine evidence. “FIFA remains committed to protecting victims of sexual abuse and misconduct in football. We will continue to have a zero-tolerance policy for such acts.”
According to FIFA, Jean-Bart has abused his position as president of the Haitian Football Federation. He is said to have sexually harassed and abused female players, including minors, at the national training complex between 2014 and 2019. He himself denies. The British newspaper The Guardian revealed the case in 2020.
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