Fifa ends its investigation on Yves “Dadou” Jean-Bart accused of rape
Posted on 2020-10-15 | The Nouvelliste
Fifa has completed its investigation on Yves Jean-Bart, president of the Haitian Football Federation accused of rape of underage players, and suspended in this same case a former captain of the national team, she announced Thursday. .
The investigative chamber of the ethics committee of the International Football Federation (Fifa) “submitted its final report, accompanied by the investigation file”, to the adjudicatory chamber, a sign that this case is entering the phase of sanctions .
Part of an investigation by the British daily The Guardian published at the end of April, the rape accusations against Yves Jean-Bart led to the opening of a criminal investigation in Haiti, as well as the provisional suspension of the leader by Fifa since May 25.
According to young girls quoted by the Guardian, Yves Jean-Bart has raped many underage players in recent years.
Testifying to pressure to remain silent, alleged victims told the newspaper, on condition of anonymity, that at least two underage players had aborted following rapes committed by the president of the federation in the national training center .
Yves Jean-Bart, 73, has headed the FHF for two decades. Without a candidate facing him, his re-election in February to a sixth term was a formality.
Denying en bloc the accusations against him, he filed a complaint in Paris against the French journalist co-author of the Guardian’s investigation.
The internal justice of Fifa also announced Thursday to have “widened the perimeter of the instruction” and suspended for 90 days Yvette Félix, 38, assistant coach at the national technical center of Croix-des-Bouquets and former captain of the ‘National team.
At the end of August, Fifa had suspended for the same period two other Haitian football officials: Nella Joseph, supervisor with young girls in Croix-des-Bouquets, and Wilner Etienne, technical director of the FHF.