FIFA Suspends Haiti FA President After Rape Allegations 

By Ibrahim Taiwo, The Nigerian Voice Sports

The President of Haiti's Football Federation, Yves Jean-Bart, 73, has been suspended for 90 days by FIFA after he was accused of rape.

It has been reported that the football administrator sexually abused teenage girls at the national training center.

Yves Jean-Bart has denied the allegations but FIFA have acted according to their statutes pending investigation to the allegations.

"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 on Monday 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."

Haitian police have launched a probe into the allegations, first revealed late last month, and a judge has already summoned several federation employees to answer questions.

According to young women quoted in an article published by The Guardian in late April, Jean-Bart raped multiple underage players over the years.

Saying they had been pressured to remain silent, the alleged victims told the newspaper on condition of anonymity that at least two underage players had to get abortions after Jean-Bart assaulted them.

"We think that this is a good decision by Fifa because we realised that Yves Jean-Bart and his cartel can overshadow any judicial investigation," said Marie-Rosy Auguste Ducena of the National Network for the Defence of Human Rights (RNDDH).