Gabon’s predators on the pitch: At the heart of the biggest scandal in African football

  • By Suzanne Vanhooymissen and Tamasin Ford
  • BBC Africa Eye

Football governing bodies are accused of failing to protect young victims of sexual abuse in Gabon. BBC Africa Eye spoke to more than 30 witnesses who spoke of a network that has plagued all levels of football for three decades.

Warning: This article contains details that some readers may find shocking.

Allegations of sexual abuse in the central African country of Gabon date back to the early 1990s.

One victim, who wished to remain anonymous, described what happened to him when he was a teenager at an under-17 football camp. The young boy said he and his best friend were woken up in the middle of the night and taken to a room lit by red lights, filled with naked men.

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