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FIFA Has Opened an Internal Investigation into Gabon’s National Team

FIFA Has Opened an Internal Investigation into Gabon’s National Team

FIFA has opened an internal investigation in Gabon’s national team, the top international football body said Tuesday.

The investigation comes after three Gabonese football coaches recently faced charges with sexually abusing hundreds of children.

Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba has since called the case “very serious and unacceptable”.

In related news in December, well-known taekwondo coach Martin Avera suffered arrest on suspicion of paedophilia with “numerous victims”.

FIFA Has Opened an Internal Investigation into Gabon’s National Team

“Given the seriousness of the allegations being made, we can confirm that FIFA’s independent Ethics Committee has opened an investigation,” a FIFA spokesman told AFP.

Patrick Assoumou Eyi, a former coach of the West African country’s national under-17s team, is among the accused. He underwent arrest on December 20 and will now defend charges for raping minors.

Eyi, very popular in Gabon’s football world, goes by the nickname Capello. He was the coach of Gabon’s under-17 national team until 2017. That was when he became the technical director of the football league of l’Estuaire, the province of the capital Libreville.

But now, British newspaper The Guardian, which reported on the probe in December, divulged Eyi’s name, being in the case.

Orphee Mickala and Triphel Mabicka, both club coaches, are also facing these same charges, as Eyi, in the case. And all three coaches are looking at 30 years in jail if the conviction proves them to be guilty.

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