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CAS upholds life ban on ex-AFF chief Karim

CAS upholds life ban on ex-AFF chief Karim

Jul 15, 2020 - 14:51

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Court of Arbitration for Sportinfo-icon (CAS) has rejected an appeal from the former president of the Afghanistaninfo-icon Football Federation (AFF) against his lifetime ban.

Keramudin Karim was banned and fined 1 million Swiss francs by the Fifa ethics committee for breaching its code after players accused him of sexual, physical and emotional abuses of members of the womeninfo-icon’s team.

CAS said it had dismissed the appeal and confirmed the decision taken by the adjudicatory chamber of the Fifa ethics committee in June 2019.

Karim was found to have breached Article 23 (protection of physical and mental integrity) and Article 25 (abuse of position) of the Fifa code of ethics.

The Fifa committee sanctioned him with a lifetime ban from all football-related activities (administrative, sportsinfo-icon or any other) both at national and international level.

Meanwhile, Fifa welcomed the decision and said: “In a case of unprecedented gravity, CAS has confirmed the importance of Fifa’s zero-tolerance policy against physical, mental and sexual abuses at all levels of football...”

It added: “Fifa commends the bravery of those victims who, under dreadful personal circumstances in their home country, have come forward and allowed for justice to be served.

“We trust that their example will encourage other victims and survivors of such terrible circumstances to report them in the future, knowing that they can count with Fifa’s support at all times.”

CAS handed down its decision on the appeal arbitration procedure between Karim and Fifa on Tuesday.

During the CAS hearing, several players of the AFF women’s national team stated they had been sexually and physically abused by Karim.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud



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