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Friday 11 October 2019, 09:29

Adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee sanctions Sayed Aghazada 

The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Mr Sayed Aghazada, a former General Secretary of the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF), FIFA standing committee member and AFC Executive Committee member, guilty of various violations of the FIFA Code of Ethics.

The investigation into Mr Aghazada concerned the complaints lodged by several Afghani female football players accusing Mr Keramuudin Karim, the former President of the AFF, of repeated sexual abuse between 2013 and 2018, at a time when Mr Aghazada was the AFF’s General Secretary.

In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber ruled that Mr Aghazada was aware of this abuse and had the duty to report and prevent it according to the FIFA Code of Ethics.

Consequently, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr Aghazada had breached art. 17 (Duty to report) and art. 23 (Protection of physical and mental integrity) of the FIFA Code of Ethics and sanctioned him with a ban from all football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level for five years. In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 10,000 has been imposed on Mr Aghazada.

The terms of the decision were notified to Mr Aghazada today, the date on which the ban comes into force.

The FIFA Ethics Committee is still looking into the allegations that have been made against other individuals in connection to the same investigation and to their positions as football officials.