FIFA bans Afghan football official for failure to act on sexual abuse scandal

    Afghan football official Sayed Aghazada has been given a five-year ban by FIFA.

    (CNN)FIFA has banned an Afghan football official from all football-related activity for five years for failing to act over the country's sexual abuse scandal.

    World football's governing body said Sayed Aghazada, the former general secretary of the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF), "was aware of this abuse and had the duty to report and prevent it."
    Aghazada was the AFF general secretary during the tenure of former president Keramuudin Karim, who earlier this year was given a lifetime ban by FIFA following allegations he sexually abused female players on the Afghanistan national team.
      "This is an ongoing legal process and I cannot comment," Aghazada told CNN.
      Karim was "guilty of having abused his position and sexually abused various female players," according to FIFA. It also fined him 1 million Swiss francs ($1 million).
      Aghazada is an executive committee member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) -- the region's governing body -- having only been elected to a four-year term in April.
      The organization "will wait until the decision is final and binding" before making a decision on his position, it said in a statement.