KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghan president orders probe into abuse of female athletes

KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghan president orders probe into abuse of female athletes

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday ordered an investigation after the Guardian reported that members of the national women’s soccer 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 women’s soccer in the Afghanistan Football Federation who was forced to flee the country in 2016 and seek asylum in Denmark, as saying that her own investigation uncovered physical and sexual abuse, death threats and rape.

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