FIFA opens investigation into accusations of pedophilia in Gabonese football

FIFA has opened an investigation following allegations of alleged sexual assault of hundreds of children by several soccer coaches in Gabon, FIFA told AFP on Tuesday. ” Given the seriousness of the allegations, we can confirm that the independent FIFA ethics committee has opened an investigation “, Said a spokesperson for the Federation, confirming information from the British daily The Guardian.

Two other club coaches, Orphée Mickala and Triphel Mabicka, were also indicted for the same reasons. The three coaches face 30 years of criminal imprisonment.

Well known in Gabonese football circles under the sobriquet of “Capello”, Patrick Assoumou Eyi, whose name was made public by The Guardian, who revealed the case in December, was the coach of the National Under-17 squad until 2017 and has since been technical director of the Estuaire Football League, the capital province, Libreville. Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba had raised a case “Very serious and unacceptable”.

Football is not the only sport affected in recent weeks. Martin Avera, known in Gabon under the pseudonym of “Master Chacka”, taekwondo trainer, was arrested on December 29 by the Gabonese police for charges. « pedophilia ” presumed on “Many victims”.

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