Afghan Football Boss Denies Sex Mistreatment Claims

Afghan football boss Keramuddin Karim actions as he speaks during an interview along with AFP in Kabul on Dec 31, 2018.   WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP

Afghan football boss Keramuddin Karim on Monday rejected allegations this individual sexually and physically abused users of the women’ s national group, suggesting his accusers may have created the claims to help their programs for asylum in Europe.

Karim continues to be accused of punching, raping plus threatening female players, including keeping a gun to one’ s mind, in allegations first reported simply by Britain’ s Guardian newspaper within November.

An investigation to the claims is ongoing, but in a job interview with AFP he was self-confident his name would be cleared.

“ I strongly deny these types of allegations, ” said Karim, that has been suspended from his placement as president of the Afghanistan Soccer Federation (AFF) pending the outcome from the investigation.

“ It is a conspiracy. There has been no evidence or even proof provided, only a number of mysterious voices, anonymous identities have made the particular allegations. ”

Karim said his accusers might be utilizing the serious allegations to “ look for asylum in Europe”.

Or they might be people who are “ conspiring to defame us, hurt all of us in the federation”.

“ They are inside and outside the nation plotting against us, ” Karim said, refusing to name the people this individual was referring to.

Karim told AFP he was working together with investigators from Afghanistan’ h attorney general’ s office, which usually on Friday slapped an airline flight ban on five federation authorities after suspending them from their jobs.

Football’ s planet governing body FIFA has also hanging Karim for 90 days.

“ The attorney general may investigate to find out if there is any reality to the claims, ” Karim stated.

“ I personally are not aware of such things taking place. ”

  ‘ Beautiful and tight’  

1 player has accused Karim associated with holding a gun to her head after striking her in the face and raping the girl in a secret bedroom near their office, the Guardian reported Fri.

Another accused the daddy of 11 of threatening to slice out her tongue after the lady escaped his unwanted sexual advancements.

The Guardian earlier cited what it described as senior statistics associated with the women’ s team exactly who said the abuse had occurred in Afghanistan, including at the AFF headquarters, and at a training camp within Jordan last February.

“ As a father and a hubby I have been affected (by the allegations), it has been painful, ” said Karim, who has two wives.

Karim said the allegations surfaced after a dispute with former chief and now programme director Khalida Popal over clothing worn by a few of the Afghan players in Jordan, that the AFF considered inappropriate.

“ Khalida Popal has been in the center of these allegations, ” he or she said.

However , Hafizullah Wali Rahimi — president associated with Afghanistan’ s Olympic committee — said earlier this month that will such allegations were not new.

“ The abuse by head of federations, trainers plus sportsmen have always existed. We now have had complaints in the past, and this is definitely an undeniable fact, ” Rahimi informed local media.

Popal fled Afghanistan seven years ago right after receiving death threats, and has voiced out previously about the discrimination ladies face in the country.

The girl told AFP on Monday that will she witnessed two Afghan authorities “ mentally and sexually bothering players” at the Jordan training get away.

One of the officials informed a player “ she looks therefore delicious from behind, it’ t beautiful and tight”, Popal stated in a WhatsApp message from Denmark.

Popal said the girl reported the incidents to Karim, who took no action. Right after launching her own investigation, Popal mentioned she found “ more than twelve girls and boys who were physically and physically abused by the president”.

“ He never thought that somebody would stand against this powerful man who has been making the soccer federation as a kingdom, ” the girl said.

AFP