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Adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee sanctions Manuel N...

24 Jul 2020

The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Mr Manuel Nascimento, President of the Bissau-Guinean Football Association (FFGB), responsible for having breached his duty to protect the physical and mental integrity of others, in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics.  

The investigation into Mr Nascimento concerned his involvement and participation in an incident of mob justice against a man in Guinea-Bissau.

In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber ruled that, based on information, including video material, gathered by the investigatory chamber, Mr Nascimento had breached his duty, as per the FIFA Code of Ethics, to protect the physical and mental integrity of the man who was the victim of the mobbing.

Consequently, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr Nascimento had breached 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 ten years. In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 100,000 has been imposed on Mr Nascimento.

The terms of the decision were notified to Mr Nascimento today, the date on which the ban comes into force. According to art. 78 par. 2 of the FIFA Code of Ethics, the full motivated decision will be notified to Mr Nascimento in the next 60 days, and will subsequently be published on legal.fifa.com.

FIFA welcomes CAS decision in the case of former president of Afghan Footba...

14 Jul 2020

On 8 June 2019, Mr Karim was found guilty by the Adjudicatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee of having abused his position and sexually abused various female players, in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics. As a result, Mr Karim was sanctioned with a life ban from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level, as well as a fine in the amount of CHF 1,000,000. Today, CAS has dismissed Mr Karim’s appeal and fully confirmed the decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee.

In a case of unprecedented gravity, CAS has confirmed the importance of FIFA’s zero tolerance policy against physical, mental and sexual abuses at all levels of football, as well as the adequacy of the strongest sanctions in such cases.

Finally, FIFA commends the bravery of those victims who, under dreadful personal circumstances in their home country, have come forward and allowed for justice to be served. We trust that their example will encourage other victims and survivors of such terrible circumstances to report them in the future, knowing that they can count on FIFA’s support at all times.

You can report an incident of physical, mental and sexual abuse in football using FIFA’s confidential whistleblower line. FIFA has also recently published a minimum Package of Care to support victims who wish to come forward and has adopted survivor-centered case management when investigating reports of abuse.

Football Law Annual Review 2019

01 Jul 2020

The FIFA Football Law Annual Review 2019 was held on 22 and 23 June 2020. Due to the current international restrictions, it was a special online event streamed on FIFA.com.

Attendance was free of charge and registration before the event was not necessary. All presentations were given in English, with simultaneous interpreting into Spanish and French.