Federation President Yves Jean-Bart

By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon.


Barely weeks after reports of wrongdoings at the Haiti football center emerged, kick442.com can report that the investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee of federation international football, FIFA has notified the president of the Haitian Football Federation, FHF of a provisional 90 days ban from football-related activities.

This is in the backdrop of investigative reports published by The Guardian in April which accused 72-year-old Mr Yves Jean-Bart.

Federation President Yves Jean-Bart of coercing young female footballers at the Croix-des-Bouquets National Technical Center to have sex with him.

The veteran football administrator who has been at the helm of the country’s football federation for 20 years and counting has rubbished the reports qualifying it as a manoeuvre to destabilize the highest football institution in the country and bring the image of its leader into disrepute.

At the same time, families of survivors and some of the victims have been vocal on the issue with some going as far as taking to the streets in protest for severe sanctions on President Yves Jean-Bart.

Women waved placards calling for justice in front of the Croix-des-Bouquets courthouse, in Haiti, on May 14, 2020. The hearing of the president of the Haitian Football Federation (FHF) was held that day. Yves Jean-Bart, on allegations that he subjected young soccer players to sexual abuse. © 2020 Associated Press (Dieu-Nalio Chery)

Midway into their activities in Haiti on the issue, the investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee on Monday, May 25, FIFA through its Code of Ethics notified the Aquin-native of a 90-days ban from all football-related activities. The committee statement reads;

“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.

’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.”FIFA said.

Content of the letter sent to President Yves Jean-Bart

The provisional 90 days sanction enters application immediately but Mr Yves Jean-Bart maybe in bigger trouble by the time the committee rounds-up with the job they started in mid-April.

It is difficult to see beyond a bigger sanction by the time the abuse claims investigation are complete.


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