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Prince Ali urges FIFA to act on Afghanistan abuse investigation

AFP  |  Paris 

Ali bin Al Hussein, who has twice stood for the presidency, on Thursday called on world football's governing body to take firmer action against Afghanistan's over allegations of sexual assault on members of the country's women's team.

this week extended the suspension of (AFF) by 90 days at the recommendation of the investigating arm of its ethics commission.

"This further extension is an added delay and it is vital that the investigation into the allegations against the is made an absolute priority," Ali said.

"Serious sanctions must be taken against the AFF and all its presiding staff members, until the AFF can demonstrate that safeguarding policies and processes are in place," the Jordanian added in a statement.

"All AFF officials who are implicated in the current crisis should not be permitted to stand for the forthcoming election to the or any other or AFC committee."

He recommended establishing new policies for Afghan players and referees, setting out "what is appropriate and inappropriate conduct".

The scandal erupted in December when British newspaper reported that one member of the women's team, Khalida Popal, had collected accounts from former teammates that included sexual violence, death threats and rapes.

Afghan said at the time that he was "shocked." Karim has denied the accusations, saying he is the victim of a "conspiracy" that is "without evidence.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 22:11 IST