FIFA investigates Afghan football body over women's team abuse claims

    Kit manufacturer hummel has canceled its sponsorship of the Afghanistan Football Federation.

    (CNN)FIFA, football's world governing body, is investigating allegations that male officials from the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) sexually and physically abused players on the women's national team.

    The allegations led to Danish sporstwear brand Hummel cancelling its sponsorship deals with the AFF and demanding the resignation of the federation's president, Keramuddin Karim.
      In a statement issued to CNN, the company said it "was presented with strong allegations of severe mental, physical, sexual and equal rights abuse of the female players by male AFF officials."
      Hummel demanded the resignation of Karim, saying in its statement it had "clear documentation of breach of contract as well as the fact that AFF leadership has been aware of the allegations since February this year without taking actions or informing sponsors."
      The AFF said it "vigorously rejects" the allegations and said it had a "zero tolerance approach" to abuse. It said the allegations were being driven by "former employees."
      CNN has been unable to reach Karim for comment.
      Khalida Popal, a former Afghan player and currently the program organizer for the women's national team, told CNN the abuse took place during a seven-day training camp in Jordan at the end of January this year.
      Popal, who was forced to flee Afghanistan and now lives in Denmark, was present at the Jordan training camp. She says that at least five women were abused in their rooms by two male officials, who had been sent by the AFF to accompany the players.
      The players are not yet willing to speak to the media publicly, fearing for their safety and that of their families, she said.
      Popal said the two men particularly targeted members of the team who had come from Afghanistan, rather than those who lived abroad.