Imer Machado, director of the Arbitration Commission of Colombian professional football.Photo: ArchiveThrough a statement, the Colombian Football F
Imer Machado, director of the Arbitration Commission of Colombian professional football.
Through a statement, the Colombian Football Federation (FCF) ruled on the investigation carried out by FIFA to Imer Machado, director of the Arbitration Commission of Colombian football, for an alleged case of sexual harassment.
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Although the statement specifically refers to the case of Imer Machado, another former Colombian referee is being investigated by FIFA for a similar reason: Óscar Julián Ruiz, who until recently held a position in the highest body in world football.
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In the statement, the FCF says:
“one. Regarding the indications of alleged conduct of injury or endangerment of the freedom or sexual integrity of a third party by Mr. Ímer Lemuel Machado Barrera, by order of August 12, 2020, the Disciplinary Commission of the Colombian Football Federation opened ex officio , Preliminary investigation.
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2. By virtue of the foregoing, the complainant was summoned so that, if it was in his interest, he would give testimony and provide evidence that would allow the disciplinary action to continue.
3. Taking into account that the presumed interested party did not appear and in accordance with the superior and other complementary norms, as well as the filing of the investigation by the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation, the case was concluded due to the procedural impossibility of continuing with the same.
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4. It is noteworthy that said action was carried out within the framework of the mission and competence of the entity and the Disciplinary Commission”.
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