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CAF bans media officer for five years as more sexual abuse allegations emerge

THE Confederation of African Football has handed out a five-year ban to one of its media officers, Felix Sohounde Peperipe from Benin Republic.

The provisional ban came after allegations that he sexually abused a female official in his hotel room during the ongoing African Nations Championship in Algeria.

Peperipe now faces fresh allegations as he has been accused of offering to pay another official to’come to his room’ at a previous tournament.

The media officer, who has worked as one of CAF’s media officers on a freelance basis, was sent home to Benin Republic earlier this week after a hearing of the continental body’s disciplinary committee in Algiers.

According to the disciplinary committee’s decision, made public by CAF, the alleged victim said that Peperipe attacked her last weekend and tried to kiss her after she went to his hotel room to collect official documents.

“She pushed him and ran out of the bedroom,” the CAF said.

The alleged incident was reported to CAF and Peperipe was provisionally suspended for ‘indecent conduct until he provides the disciplinary jury with a response to the said allegations’.

Now, another alleged victim has claimed that she experienced ‘indecent behaviour’ from Peperipé in Cameroon two years ago during the Africa Cup of Nations.

She narrated that Peperipe offered her to come to his room and that he would pay her the necessary amount for such an act, the disciplinary committee stated.

A complaint has been lodged with Algerian police alleging sexual assault but it is unclear if Peperipe will face charges in the religiously conservative country.

Peperipe has denied the accusations, saying they are a plot to ‘sully his reputation’.

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