The governing body of world football, the FIFA, has sanctioned the supervisor of the Haiti U-20 Women’s National Team, Nella joseph, for 10 years as part of an investigation into multiple complaints of sexual abuse of female players in the Caribbean nation.
Joseph was found guilty by the independent FIFA Ethics Committee for failing to protect the physical and mental integrity of several players under his authority and for “actively coercing and threatening them into having sexual relations” with the former president of the football association of Haiti, Yves Jean-Bart. FIFA said in a statement on its website.
Jean-Bart was suspended for life in November after FIFA found him guilty of sexually harassing and abusing multiple female players, including minors. He denied the accusations.
The decision room of the Ethics Committee determined that Joseph “had violated article 23 (Protection of physical and mental integrity) of the FIFA Code of Ethics and sanctioned it with the prohibition of all activities related to football by a period of 10 years ”, said FIFA in its statement.
Joseph was also fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($ 21,880).
In its 17-page decision, the chamber noted that investigators had not been able to communicate directly with Joseph and that she had not responded to a request for a written statement regarding the allegations against her.