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Infantino rejects criticism of FIFA’s handling of Afghanistan scandal

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Keramuddin Keram, head of the Afghanistan Football Federation was banned for life after being found guilty of sexually abusing female players.

Last month FIFA banned the president of the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF), Keramuddin Keram, for abusing the power of his position and sexually abusing members of the female national team.

And Afghanistan women’s national team coach Lindsey Kelly has criticized the way FIFA acted upon learning about this scandal.

“I don’t know why this person has criticized. Sexual abuse… It’s something we take very, very seriously,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino told the media today according to Reuters.

“When FIFA was informed about the situation in Afghanistan, we acted immediately. The first thing we did was not to make a PR exercise about how we react.”

Infantino added: “We thought of the interests of these girls and their families and their safety.”

“When I am told that some people criticize FIFA, well, you can criticize FIFA for many things and certainly many times you are right to criticize FIFA but we try to do the best especially in sensitive cases like this.”

“I prefer much more to be active and help one person concretely rather than having 10 headlines saying ‘FIFA president, look how good he is’… But we helped. And I hope these persons who have committed these horrible crimes will be held accountable to justice,” he concluded.