Icelandic Football Association director resigns

Guani Bergsson. Jóhannesson

Guðni Bergsson, president of the Icelandic Football Association (KSÍ), announced his resignation yesterday, following strong criticism of the association’s reaction to allegations of sexual offenses and violence,


reports. The issue dominated the news all weekend after a victim came forward and alleged that a member of the men’s national football team assaulted her at a bar in 2017. She said that Guðni was aware of the case, contrary to what he claimed on the RÚV Kastljós News Program on Thursday evening. In an interview on


On Saturday, she said she knew of up to seven current or former members of the national team who have been accused of violence.

Klara Bjartmarz, Managing Director of KSÍ, says it is clear that the association has not kept up with the development of the company in recent years. “We are shocked and all we can do is apologize and improve our driving,” she said.

The association posted the following


on his site yesterday:

“Dear victims, we [o]n the board of directors of the Icelandic Football Association believes in you and apologizes to you. We know that we as guarantors have let you down and we intend to do better. The government has met in recent days over the serious allegations that have been made [against] the union recently about [its] silence [regarding allegations of] sexual offenses. We take the matter very seriously. Work is already underway with external professionals to examine all responses to sexual offenses and violence within the movement and how support has been and will be provided to victims. An expert group will be set up and the KSÍ board of directors is called to take these issues seriously and firmly and to follow the recommendations of the professional group. We would also like to ask victims or others who have information about serious violence within the movement to contact us. ”

“We will fix the things that have gone wrong,” the statement continued, “and examine the culture that exists within the football movement from the bottom up, with the goal that everyone involved in its work experiences well-being. and safety, while listening to victims and taking [their interests] into account.”

In order to ensure the continued functioning of the association, the members of the board of directors have decided to remain on the board until the next annual meeting, which will be held in February.

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