FIFA bans Afghanistan FA boss Keramuudin Karim after abuse reports

FIFA has provisionally banned the head of the Afghanistan Football Federation following accusations of sexual and physical abuse of female players.

In a statement, FIFA says Afghanistan Football Federation president Keramuudin Karim's 90-day suspension "may be extended pending proceedings on the merits of the case."

FIFA did not specify the details of the charge, only saying the "sanction has been imposed in connection with ongoing investigations concerning AFF officials, as reported by local authorities and published by some media."

Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani ordered an investigation after the Guardian newspaper reported last month that senior figures linked to the Afghan women's team alleged some players had been molested by federation officials.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.