The entire Executive Committee of the Icelandic Football Association has resigned after it was accused of covering up a sex scandal involving a national player.
The association president resigned on Sunday after criticizing him for downplaying allegations of sexual assault.
But after an emergency meeting lasting almost five hours, the remaining committee members announced their resignation.
“This result is in line with the challenges of Íslensk Toppfótbolti, the wishes of the club representatives … and the pressure from the community”, a opinion read.
An extraordinary meeting to appoint a new President and Executive Committee is due to take place in the coming weeks.
The scandal broke out when a 25-year-old woman told state television that she had been sexually abused and molested by an Icelandic soccer player in a nightclub in Reykjavik in September 2017.
The woman claimed the player admitted the incident, apologized, and paid her an amount of money in compensation.
The Icelandic Football Association (KSÍ) has been criticized for attempting to deny that the highest level of the governing body knew about the incident, despite emails and testimony to the contrary.
KSÍ President Guðni Bergsson publicly apologized, claiming he considered it a case of physical abuse, but eventually resigned after several crisis meetings.
Icelandic media have also named the player concerned, who currently represents Swedish club IFK Göteborg.
In one Statement on MondayThe club said they were taking the allegations “very seriously” even if the case was legally closed.
“We have started a dialogue with the player about this to see how we can continue,” said club director Håkan Mild.
“We want to make it clear that we distance ourselves from his behavior and all similar behaviors.”
KSÍ said they would also hold meetings with UEFA and FIFA officials on the proposed board change to ensure that football in Iceland can continue uninterrupted.
The panel said it is also conducting a review of its response to sexual offenses and assistance to victims.
“We know that we, as guarantors, have failed you and intend to do better,” a opinion read on Sunday.
“We want to make sure that responsibility for violence lies in the right place, on the shoulders of the perpetrator and not the victim.”
“We’re going to fix things that went wrong and look at the culture of the existing football movement,” they added.
“The football movement is part of society and we as a society all need to improve our dealings with victims and the fight against sexual violence.”