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FIFA opens investigation into pedophilia in Gabonese football

The Gabonese police prosecuted three trainers in mid-December.

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FIFA opens investigation into pedophilia in Gabonese football


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FIFA has opened an investigation after charges of alleged sexual assault hundreds of children by various soccer coaches in Gabon. The international organization declared this to AFP on Tuesday; January 11; confirming information from the British newspaper The Guardian; presented in mid-December.

“Given the seriousness of the allegations; we can confirm that FIFA’s independent ethicsjournaltimemittee has opened an investigation.”

a spokesman for the Gabonese federation


Patrick Assoumou Eyi; a former coach of the Gabon under-17 team; is accused of allegedly sexually assaulting hundreds of children. He was arrested by the Gabonese authorities on December 20 and charged with “child rape”.

Two other club managers; Orphée Mickala and Triphel Mabicka; have also been charged for the same reasons. The three men risk 30 years in criminal prison.

Well known in Gabonese football under the nickname “Capello”; Patrick Assoumou Eyi; whose name he made public The GuardianHe was coach of the U-17 national team until 2017. He then became technical director of the Estuaire soccer league; province of the capital; Libreville.

The President of Gabon; Ali Bongo Ondimba; had mentioned a case “very serious and unacceptable”.

Football is not the only sport affected in recent weeks. Martin Avera; known in Gabon under the pseudonym “Maître Chacka”; a taekwondo coach; was arrested on 29 December by the Gabonese police for “pedophilia facts” smug in “lots of casualties”.

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