The highest sporting judicial organ, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld the lifelong ban on the former Afghan football boss Keramuddin Karim on Tuesday.
Karim, the ousted president of the Afghan Football Federation (AFF) was accused of sexually abusing players from the women’s national team.
“The Panel in charge of this matter underlined that, unlike bribery and match-fixing which damage the integrity of the sport, the offenses committed by Keramuddin Karim violated basic human rights and damaged the mental and physical dignity and integrity of young female players,” the court’s statement said.
According to CAS, several players had testified against Karim and accused him of sexually abusing them between 2013 and 2018.
The ban was imposed on June 2019 by the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Ethics Committee.
The court and FIFA have delivered their toughest sanction – a lifelong ban and a 1 million Swiss francs ($1 million) fine on Karimi.
“With his appalling acts, he had destroyed not only their careers, but severely damaged their lives,” CAS said.
FIFA welcomed the decision and confirmed they had a “zero tolerance policy against physical, mental and sexual abuses at all levels of football.”
Karimi had previously denounced the allegations and had appealed FIFA’s decision.