a former leader of the Haitian Federation struck off for life

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirmed Thursday the disbarment of Rosnick Grant, found guilty of sexual assaults on female referees.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Thursday confirmed FIFA’s decision to strike out for life a former leader of the Haitian Football Federation, found guilty of sexual assaults on female referees.

Rosnick Grant, vice-president of the FHF in charge of referees, had been banned for life in July 2021 by the International Federation which had found him guilty of harassment, sexual assault, threats and reprisals against female members of the refereeing corps.

He had appealed against this conviction before the CAS in October 2021.

After hearing “many witnessesIn a hearing held in mid-February, CAS concluded that “the evidence against Rosnick Grant regarding the sexual assaults was compelling enough“and that the sanction against him”had to be confirmed“Explained the authority Thursday in a press release.

Rosnick Grant was involved in a sex scandal whose main accused, the former president of the Haitian Football Federation, Yves Jean-Bart, was also banned for life by Fifa.

A case revealed by The Guardian

In November 2020, the adjudicatory chamber of the world football body found the leader – then 73 years old and at the head of the federation for two decades – guilty of having “abused his position» pour «sexually harass and assault several players, including minors“. The facts took place at the National Technical Center, largely funded by Fifa.

On February 14, 2023, the CAS had however decided to cancel this life suspension, considering that the evidence concerning the accusations of sexual abuse was “inconsistent, imprecise and contradictory».

Fifa appealed the CAS decision in March to the Swiss Federal Court.

The case was revealed by the British newspaper The Guardian in the spring of 2020, leading Fifa to open an investigation.


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