On Tuesday, January 24, 2023, a Beninese journalist and officer of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) was suspended from all football-related activities for 5 years.
The journalist, Felix Pépéripé Sohoundé, was at the African Nations Football Championship taking place in Algeria at the time of his suspension.
Suspension over sexual abuse claims
The suspension was handed down by CAF after a complaint was filed with the Algerian police accusing Sohoundé of sexual abuse of a CAF official. The alleged incident took place in a hotel room last weekend, when Sohoundé reportedly invited the Moroccan woman following a request for a pass.
According to media reports, the woman did not hesitate to file a complaint with the police, leading to the suspension of Sohoundé.
The Guardian reported on the incident, but as of yet, no official source in Benin has commented on the matter.
It is worth noting that the incident took place during the African Nations Football Championship, a prestigious tournament that brings together the best national teams from across the continent. The tournament is a showcase of African football talent and it is unfortunate that such an incident has marred the event.
Sexual abuse is a serious crime and it is important that the allegations against Sohoundé are thoroughly investigated.
CAF has taken swift action in suspending the journalist from all football-related activities and it is important that justice is served in this matter.
It is also worth noting that Sohoundé has already returned to his country. The incident has not only affected him but also his reputation and the reputation of his country.
In conclusion, a Beninese journalist and officer of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) at the African Nations Football Championship taking place in Algeria, was suspended on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 by the continental football body.
The journalist, Felix Pépéripé Sohoundé, is accused of sexual abuse of a CAF official, an incident that allegedly took place in a hotel room last weekend.
Sohoundé has already returned to his country, and the incident has affected not only him but also his reputation and the reputation of his country.