News By/Courtesy: Joanna Joshua | 10 Jun 2019 0:38am IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Accusations of sexual misconduct, inappropriate behavior, and rape have been made against men in distinguished positions
  • These men have used their distinguished positions to take advantage of these women to harass or abuse them
  • Many coaches and administrators in at least five countries on four continents have been accused by players on similar grounds

As the FIFA Women's World Cup kicks off, accusations have been made against men in distinguished positions who have used it to take advantage of these women to harass or abuse them. Many coaches and administrators in at least five countries on four continents have been accused by players of sexual misconduct, inappropriate behavior, and rape. Investigations were carried out in Gabon against officials who were accused of raping and mistreating women from their under-20 team during a recent tournament in France. Similar things have happened in Canada, Afghanistan, Colombia, and Ecuador. 

The first person who has been accused is a vice president of Fifa, Ahmad Ahmad who is president of Africa’s football confederation and a close ally of the Fifa president, Gianni Infantino. He apparently dismissed an employee in 2017 after she rejected his advances. A woman from Mali, Mariam Diakite, a public relations consultant was fired by him for the same reason. She was later reinstated after officials carried out an investigation and filed an ethics complaint against him. He has denied all allegations including those regarding misusing confederation funds and entering into questionable contracts and was detained for the same. He was however released without being charged.

Section Editor: Puja Jakhar | 10 Jun 2019 1:07am IST


Tags : #FIFA #FIFAWomensWC #FifaWWC #WomenWorldCup2019 #Football #MeToo

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