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FIFA bans Afghanistan FA boss Keramuudin Karim after abuse reports

FIFA has provisionally banned the head of the Afghanistan Football Federation following accusations of sexual and physical abuse of female players.

In a statement, FIFA says Afghanistan Football Federation president Keramuudin Karim's 90-day suspension "may be extended pending proceedings on the merits of the case."

FIFA did not specify the details of the charge, only saying the "sanction has been imposed in connection with ongoing investigations concerning AFF officials, as reported by local authorities...

Afghanistan FA head suspended over allegations women players were abused

Pakistan played their first match in over three years
An Afghan official said Keramuddin Keram, the head of the Afghan Football Federation, had been suspended.

The head of the Afghan Football Federation has been suspended by the country's attorney general after an investigation into allegations that members of the national women's football team were sexually abused, a spokesman for the attorney general said on Sunday.

President Ashraf Ghani ordered an investigation after the Guardian newspaper in the UK reported last week that senior figures linked to the Afghan women's team alleged some players had been molested by football federation officials.

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Afghanistan president launches probe into reported abuse of women's football players

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday ordered an investigation after the Guardian reported that members of the national women's football team were sexually and physically abused by men from the country's football federation.

The report in the British newspaper on Friday cited senior figures associated with the team as saying the abuse took place at the federation's headquarters in Kabul and at a training camp in Jordan last February.

The Guardian also cited Khalida Popal, a former head of...

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Safuwan, Irfan Fandi impress Sundram before Asian Cup qualifier

Head coach V. Sundramoorthy has a selection dilemma about whether to persist with Singapore's latest central defensive partnership of ex-Melbourne City utility Safuwan Baharudin and teenager Irfan Fandi or opt for a more experienced pair for Tuesday's 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Bahrain.

The Lions' boss will reflect on Thursday night's 2-1 friendly defeat to Afghanistan in Doha before finalising his starting side for the third-round opener in Riffa.

Sundramoorthy went with the more youthful...

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Shawal Anuar scores first Singapore goal in friendly loss to Afghanistan

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Shawal Anuar scored his first international goal but it was not enough to prevent Singapore from falling to a 2-1 friendly defeat to Afghanistan in Doha on Thursday night.

After Sharif Mukhammad had handed Afghanistan a fifth-minute lead at the Al Sailiya Sports Complex, Shawal got the Lions back in the contest with a clinical strike immediately after the restart.

But Mustafa Azadzoy capitalised on some sloppy defensive play to help the Afghans score the winner in the 57th minute.

In what was...