South Africa: FIFA accuses South Africa of 2010 World Cup bribery

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – FIFA on Wednesday openly accused South Africa of paying a US$10 million bribe to garner votes to host the 2010 World Cup.

The Global football’s governing body is embroiled in the biggest corruption scandal in its history which has seen its former President Sepp Blatter banned.

Court submissions, cited by PANA, have demand damages in terms of US law for various fraudulent acts.

FIFA has claimed that former executive committee member Jack Warner, who is fighting extradition to the United States, helped engineer a US$10 million bribe “in exchange for executive committee votes regarding where the 2010 FIFA World Cup would be hosted”.

Warner allegedly disguised the payment "as support for the benefit of the African Diaspora in the Caribbean region." The funds were allegedly channelled through the financial accounts of FIFA, member associations, and the 2010 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee.

South Africa has strongly denied paying a bribe to secure the 2010 World Cup.

South Africa’s official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) said it will seek an urgent report from South African law enforcement authorities as to the progress of the investigation into SA Football Association (SAFA) President Danny Jordaan, and former SAFA President Molefi Oliphant who were previously implicated in the scandal.

“Given the seriousness of this, we are hopeful that domestic law enforcement will finally act in this regard and provide a progress report on these charges. To date, they have shown little interest in holding the relevant authorities to account that is why we will also be submitting parliamentary questions in pursuance of the full truth in this regard,” said DA MP Solly Malatsi.

On Monday, FIFA banned three more South African officials in relation to match-fixing scandals prior to the 2010 World Cup.

It confirmed that former South African Football Association (SAFA) CEO Leslie Sedibe, has been banned for five years following a lengthy probe into match-fixing. In addition, he was fined 20,000 Swiss Francs.

FIFA also imposed a two-year ban on SAFA officials Steve Goddard and Adeel Carelse and last year banned former SAFA head of national teams Lindile Kika from all football-related activities for six years.

The probe examined friendly matches South Africa played on the eve of the 2010 World Cup which were fixed by convicted Singaporean match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal.

FIFA’s member associations last month approved a package of landmark reforms that pave the way for significant improvements on the governance of global football, including a clear separation of commercial and political decision-making, greater scrutiny of senior officials, and commitments to promoting women in football and human rights.

The reforms were supported by 179 of the 207 member associations.
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