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2023 WWC: FIFA investigates sexual assault allegations on player by Zambia coach

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World football governing body, FIFA has announced that it has begun an investigation on the allegations that Zambia coach, Bruce Mwape rubbed a player’s chest after a training session at the Women’s World Cup.

According to reports, a complaint was made on Monday after Zambia secured their first-ever victory at the tournament by beating Costa Rica.

The Guardian reports that the incident allegedly occurred after Zambia’s training session last Friday, July 28, with a source close to the squad claiming that several players saw Mwape rubbing his hands over the chest of one of their teammates.

However, the witnesses said they discussed the possibility of reporting it immediately but decided to do that after Monday’s game out of fear that they would not be selected.

A FIFA spokesperson said: “FIFA takes any allegation of misconduct extremely seriously and has a clear process in place for anyone in football who wants to report an incident. We can confirm that a complaint has been received in relation to the Zambian women’s national team and this is currently being investigated.

“We cannot provide further details regarding an ongoing investigation for obvious confidentiality reasons. Anyone who wishes to report allegations or information related to abuse in football can do so via FIFA’s confidential reporting platform, with all information that is submitted to FIFA handled in the strictest of confidence.

“In addition, FIFA offers support and assistance to ensure the safety of those who report a safeguarding issue, including witnesses who come forward and give testimony in FIFA judicial cases. Where guilt is established, FIFA takes the strongest possible sanctions, including removing people from the game for life. Our track record demonstrates this.”

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