By Anye Nde Nsoh
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
Commonly called “Dadou”, President of the Fédération Haïtienne De Football (FHF) since 2000, Yves Jean-Bart has been accused of sexually abusing female footballers.
On the other hand, Dadou has denied all allegations against him trying to intimidate female footballers at the Centre Technique National in Croix-des-Bouquets in to having sex with him.
Such claims have been made to the Guardian about multiple sources which includes the alleged victims and their families.
The alleged incidents are understood to have taken place within the last five years.
A victim told the Guardian
“There is a lady who works there who puts pressure on the girls to have sex with Dadou.”
“He will see a nice girl who is attractive and he sends the lady to tell her that she is going to be thrown out of the centre.”
“The only way to resolve this is to speak to Dadou.’ At that moment, the young girl has no choice but to put up with the sexual abuse.”
According to Jean-Bart, these allegations are false and justifies himself saying
“There had never been any complaint against the federation, nor against the staff engaged in our academy, nor against my person. This kind of practice of sexual abuse is almost impossible in our camp centre given the physical structures, the principles of education and continuous awareness that we have put in place.”
He went further to say the allegations are
“clearly a manoeuvre to destabilise the FHF, the character of the president and his family.”
Several sources have indicated Dadou’s malpractice leading to players quitting the federation.
According to former player the president has forced a youngster into sex with him, loosing her virginity and causing an abortion.
“She was put under pressure not to talk, another of our best young players lost her virginity to Dadou when she was 17 in 2018 and also had to abort. These girls who live at the FIFA centre … it’s such a shame because they want to play for the country but if they speak about this situation they will be fired. They are hostages.”
To prove himself not guilty Jean-Bart said
“I would not encourage such practices in Haitian football, much less in the centre which is under my responsibility. If there were such cases, I would encourage the victims to file a complaint with the federation and the judicial authorities of the country. We are ready, at the level of the federation, to support them.”
Several allegations have been made about him but he denies all. One of which is a victim who claims that there are people willing to talk but fear Jean-Bart is dangerous.
“I’m so afraid. Dadou Jean-Bart is a very dangerous person. There are a lot of people who want to talk but they’re so afraid, especially for the parents who are still in Haiti.”
Jean-Bart “To date, in women’s football in Haiti, where there are generations of players who are now 50 or 60 years old, there has never been, to my knowledge, even suspicions of this kind. Personally I am and I have been a non-violent man. I don’t understand how someone can make me look like an executioner to the point where families would feel intimidated by me.”
Statements released by FHF states that all allegations made against the president were taken seriously.
“Such serious allegations were taken very seriously. To date, we have never received any complaints to this effect.”
“Our project is first of all a human project which aims to change the future of young people, to roll back the exclusion through play even if we know that in this country and even in the world some spirits are always at war against the beautiful and the good.”
The FHF condemned points of neglect by the association and presented some recent developments.
“These are modern and more than decent facilities and all our foreign visitors come out amazed by the beauty of the place and the efforts made by our young people and our managers to keep it very correct,” it said. “We are making a lot of effort to increase the self-esteem of our young people and their supervisors, otherwise they would not have been able to achieve such beautiful feats in the face of the countries of America and the Caribbean, clothing and other needs all year round.”
The world’s governing body FIFA testified of asking the FHF of sexual abuse following questions raised by the Guardian. The spokesman of FIFA said the questions were raised by a member of staff from the office of Véron Mosengo-Omba, FIFA’s chief member associations officer.
“FIFA was in contact recently with the Haiti Football Association as part of a general round of contacts with FIFA’s 211 member associations in relation to the current CoronaVirus pandemic.” Said the FIFA spokesman
“The purpose of the call was to inquire about the situation of Haitian football as a consequence of the pandemic. During the conversation, the FIFA representative raised concern about alleged sexual abuses in Haiti and pointed to the dedicated programme and toolkit for member associations – FIFA Guardians–designed to enhance child safeguarding standards within football.” He added.
The FHF usually gets teenagers from the streets. Funded by FIFA’s goal, to support football development.
A coach who used to be working at the center indicated the dilapidating nature of the center, after FHF had received $6m from FIFA’s programme since 2016. Poor treatment of the kids and uncomfortable situation at the center.
“The last time I set foot there, I wanted to vomit. It is despicable. Ten kids sleep in every room, there are no sheets, no clean toilets. It’s unimaginable. Where did the money go? The federation received millions, and they didn’t even buy sheets.”
“This centre is a nightmare. FIFA’s inspectors came, we thought they were going to say something, but it didn’t happen. It’s impossible. How can they say nothing? The young people have no medical monitoring, they eat the same thing every day –rice, pasta, bananas, chicken–drink water that you wouldn’t ever drink and in the meantime the FA officials have their own doctor and organise banquets. It is obscene.” He added.
Conclusively the Association defended itself on the aspect of neglect and provided a list of new facilities that have been built at the center, including air conditioners and others.
Jean-Bart denies all allegations but what will be done is yet to be known.
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