SA 'colluded' with SWC rivals

2010-11-04 07:39

London - Senior FIFA official Danny Jordaan has admitted to clandestine collusion with competitors when he led South Africa's Soccer World Cup bid team, unsuccessfully persuading England to withdraw from the 2006 race by offering Nelson Mandela's support for 2010.

While South Africa did persuade Brazil to pull out of the vote in 2000, England stayed in the contest with South Africa and the 2006 tournament went to Germany.

Jordaan did successfully secure the 2010 World Cup for South Africa and has recently been part of the FIFA inspection team that toured the nations bidding for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments ahead of December's vote.

Jordaan's revelations about insider deals a decade ago come as FIFA's ethics committee investigates claims that 2018 contender Spain-Portugal and 2022 candidate Qatar have broken rules by colluding to swap votes.

Jordaan disclosed on Wednesday that he wanted Brazil and England out of the 2006 vote to give South Africa a "stronger chance" of winning.

"In the end we wanted a straight fight so we sent an emissary to the English bid, but the English believed they were going to win 2006," Jordaan told the International Sports Event Management conference in London.

But England's bid was hampered by claims that it reneged on an agreement that it would support Germany in the 2006 World Cup contest.

Jordaan recalled that England was told: "If you withdraw we will get Nelson Mandela to come to London, to praise you and say nice things about you and then in 2010 you will be stronger because then you will have dealt with the difficulty of the debate of 1966-2006. But of course we didn't convince them."

Jordaan later claimed that such deals would be harder to attempt now because bidding nations have lucrative deals with commercial partners that would prevent a late withdrawal.

"You can't halfway through decide you aren't running the race," he told The Associated Press. "It's not good or bad. It's the reality when you bid you work within the framework of the reality of the rules."

FIFA executive committee member Mohamed Bin Hammam, the Asian confederation president, conceded last week that "collusion will always have a chance to happen" because the 2018 and 2022 votes are taking place at the same time on December 2.

"We all pray that no corrupted collusion will find its way to the bids," Bin Hammam wrote on his personal website.


  • So What? - 2010-11-04 08:22

    Why does this not surprise me! Now we sit with the white elephants, and Jordaan sits with a healthy bank account.

  • Duck - 2010-11-04 08:48

    Standard business procedure...

  • Steve - 2010-11-04 08:48

    Danny, why don't you follow Gibbs' example and write a book about this? You sound like you are also a fraud and cheat

  • Proudly South African? - 2010-11-04 08:49

    blherrie ahgent? ....and so say all of us...

  • G - 2010-11-04 09:01

    Maybe the competitions board should look into this!!! Although unfortunately it would not be FIFA who would pay the fine.

  • goalie - 2010-11-04 09:12

    "We pray that no corrupted collusion will find its way to the bids". Isn't all collusion corruption as it implies that parties contrive biddings, wokings, etc., to get a pre-determined result that suits them best. There is so much corruption in SA & worldwide that we now see it as being both good (plain "collusion") and bad (i.e. "corrupted collusion"). It's a strange, strange world we live in...

  • Shinga - 2010-11-04 09:28

    Danny and the gang made millions at the expense of the SA public and now they are also involved in dodgy deals. Sport is a joke in SA since 1994 with all the newly appointed heads just benefiting from the public and making themselves rich whilst our national teams are getting worse and worse.Such a rich sporting nation the world was afraid of is now a nation with corrupt and underskilled officials and players. Danny has confirimed that, Gibbs wonder who will be next to come forward

  • GL - 2010-11-04 11:51

    I actually don't understand the issue: Danny Jordaan spoke to a competitor and they planned a win-win situation for both- it's not like they tried bribing someone, which is what the whole FIFA debacle is about. It's called simple capitalism and it is seen everywhere- you open two hot dog stands on the same spot, both will suffer, rather move the one to another spot and agree not to compete on both spots. Nothing stops a third party to open a second one again on the same spot. I think the English were bloody arrogant and lost votes due to the arrogance.

  • Big Al - 2010-11-04 12:17

    Why am I not surprised????????????

  • Hennie M - 2010-11-04 12:28

    We all knew this.The only thing we will never know is how much money changed hands

  • Dave - 2010-11-04 14:54

    Not surprised at all. Remember ABSA's jumping up and down and wanting to give every member of the SA SWC bid committee those crazy "huge" bunusses - from our hard earned money/interest. (Oh yes, another good reason to change from bank if your are an ABSA client.) The day an indepentent investigation is launched into all contracts, payments, tenders, etc. involved in the 2010 SWC is the day I leave this country - even if I have to swim. I don't want anyone to uncover the facts, it will be mind blowing.

  • Al - 2010-11-04 20:26

    @GL&Goalie- 2 hotdog stands will attract more buyers than 1. Only the shareholders will be detrimented by collusion.

  • Pascal - 2010-11-04 22:13

    When will it end. We hosted a spectacular and successfull World Cup. The stadiums will also be utlised and reach there full potential in time. Danny Jordaan for president!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JoJo - 2010-11-05 08:00

    Dirty, rotten scoundrels!

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