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FIFA bans Afghan football official for failure to act on 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.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.READ: FIFA investigates Afghan football body over women's team abuse claimsREAD: FIFA bans ex-Afghanistan Football Federation president for life over abuse allegationsIn December, former Afghan player Khalida Popal told CNN some of the abuse took place during a seven-day training camp in Jordan at the end of January last year.Popal, who was forced to flee Afghanistan and now lives in Denmark, was present at the Jordan training camp. She said that at least five women were abused in their rooms by two male Read More – Source