New York - FIFA presidential hopeful Tokyo Sexwale on Tuesday said he had
appeared before a US grand jury last week as a potential witness in the
probe into the 2010 World Cup corruption scandal.
US authorities are investigating claims that former CONCACAF
president Jack Warner was paid a $10 million bribe to help South Africa win the bid to host the 2010 World
Cup, among other charges.
"I did visit the US Grand Jury but it's a normal process of information gathering," Sexwale told local media.
Sexwale was part of South Africa's 2010 FIFA World Cup bidding team
and the committee that successfully organised the event when it came to
Africa for the first time.
But he stressed that he was not summoned as a suspect in the scandal.
"One of their (grand jury's) attorneys .. indicated me that 'Mr
Sexwale you are not a suspect in anything, you are not our target but
you were at the crime scene, so if you were at the crime scene you will
"I am very happy that as FIFA presidential candidate I responded" to
the call to appear before the Grand Jury "because there is nothing to
As with other South African football officials and government
ministers, Sexwale rejected suggestions that South Africa paid any
bribes to secure votes to get the tournament.
"(South Africa) is clean, we had a clean 2010 World Cup," he said.
"Other people from the world also appeared before the Grand Jury," he added. "This is just information gathering."
He said he had also asked the Grand Jury to investigate the 1994
World Cup hosted by the United States and the 2006 tournament held in
Explosive accusations of corrupt wheeling and dealing at FIFA have
led to US charges against 14 top football officials and sports
executives, including FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who was banned for
eight years on Monday along with UEFA president Michel Platini.
Sexwale, a millionaire businessman who was jailed alongside Nelson
Mandela under apartheid rule, is among the candidates vying to replace
Blatter as president of world football's governing body in next