Abuse Cases in Football of the Past and Future

The past couple of years saw a rise in abuse and harassment allegations being made within football, from Afghanistan to Haiti, from England to Gabon. While in some cases those responsible for the abuse have been suspended and banned for life, in other cases investigations are ongoing. Based on the way these cases have been addressed so far, FIFA seems ill-equipped to deal with these cases, starting with a lack of clear and transparent rules on how to respond to such claims once they have been raised. This paper maps the way FIFA responded to a number of these cases to identify the shortcomings and identify ways in which this response can be affected-persons centred and human rights-compliant