Many parents, alarmed by allegations made by female players, urged their daughters to give up football [Massoud Hossaini/AP]

The former president of the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) has been banned from football for life after FIFA’s ethics committee found him guilty of abusing his position and sexually abusing female players, the global football body said.

Keramuddin Keram, also a former FIFA Standing Committee member, was accused by at least five Afghan female football players of repeated sexual abuse between 2013 and 2018, FIFA said in a statement on Saturday.

He was also fined 1,000,000 Swiss francs ($1.01m).

The AFF could not immediately be reached for comment. It had previously rejected the allegations as “groundless”.

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Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani ordered an investigation

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