SWC cities: FIFA owe us money

2010-10-08 13:09

Johannesburg - South Africa's Soccer World Cup host cities say FIFA still owes them money, with one city manager threatening to "go to the next step" if the world football governing body does not pay up.

Michael Sutcliffe, city manager for the city of Durban, said on Friday that FIFA still owes the city a promised 10% share of ticket revenues and reimbursement for work the World Cup organiser requested.

"We need to be paid very urgently," Sutcliffe said.

"We have negotiated for two years. We are ready to go to the next step. FIFA did not give us anything."

Sutcliffe said besides the 10% share of ticket revenues agreed before the tournament, FIFA still owes the city money for expenses related to post-tournament clean-up, electricity, water and additional requests on the new R3.4bn Moses Mabhida Stadium.

"There was some additional work they have to pay for," he said, but would not give details of the city's negotiations with FIFA.

The Times newspaper reported that the country's nine host cities are all demanding payment of money they say the football governing body still owes them, totalling R500m.

FIFA distanced itself from the dispute on Friday, saying it was between the cities and the South African organising committee.

"This is a matter between the Local Organising Committee and the host cities. FIFA has therefore no comment to make," the organisation said in an e-mailed statement.

The local organising committee said it plans to honour the revenue-sharing agreement and will begin meeting with host cities next week to resolve any outstanding issues.

"The ticketing revenue figures are currently being audited, and once that process is completed, (the cities) will receive the 10% of ticket sales as per our agreement with them," chief organiser Danny Jordaan said.

"We've set up meetings with each and every host city starting next week. The financial situation or the issues for each host city and each stadium are different. We will handle all issues on a case-by-case basis."

South Africa's host cities poured R11.7bn into 10 stadiums, including five built from scratch, to host Africa's first World Cup.

But with the fanfare over, city officials are concerned the stadiums will become white elephants, with Durban, Cape Town, Polokwane and Nelspruit all struggling to find long-term uses.


  • brian - 2010-10-08 13:20

    Dear All I think this is a wake up call for all South AFricans, that when promises are made one has to abide to them,i am talking as a volunteer for the same event and again we were not paid as promised and all of the LOC when aproached they turn to shift the blame to the other,what is said above is soo true the bick cats are busy fattening themselfs and do not have any body concerns at heart

  • stuart - 2010-10-08 13:25

    all monies received from fifa after paying cities must be used over the next 10yrs minimum to finance the stadiums etc - -there is no profit or windfall the on going costs still have to be funded and worked into initial costs --hence no profit

  • LJE@Brian - 2010-10-08 13:41

    Since when do VOLUNTEERS get paid? Don't worry guys! The tax-payer will come to the rescue! As always! Is it too late to say "I told you so"?

  • essess - 2010-10-08 13:44

    Why doesn't Cape Town stop throwing good money after bad, accept the fact that the stadium was a political tool, and avoid further costs by just demolishing it? The saving of R46.5m per year could then be used to help the poor in some way.

  • Iain - 2010-10-08 13:50

    As a soccer lover we the ratepayer is going to foot the bill now after the world cup.Port Elizabeth metro already has a cash flow problem so what is the obvious they will do,increase rates and taxes where they can.So now whereas we have to pay,organising commitee staff is going to get bonuses and other payments whereas the man on the street still remains poor.Once again we have been bluffed.Look what happened to Greece for hosting the Olympics they payed a big price with a finiancial sure hosting the Olympics had some effect on the Greeks going thru a cricss.

  • Whatever - 2010-10-08 13:51

    "The ticketing revenue figures are currently being audited". Wow it takes them 3 months to tally up the ticket revenue, must be difficult if you can only count up to 10.

  • GW - 2010-10-08 14:01

    danny jordaan was paid millions and now he should come clean and pay back. He should be held accountable for every cent owed to the host cities.start off with paying CT.

  • Russel - 2010-10-08 14:12

    FIFA are parisites that live off the host (country) until it suites them, then they leave that country with a financial headache and seek the next host country (victim).

  • Volunteer - 2010-10-08 14:18

    Volunteers get paid?

  • Carl - 2010-10-08 14:23

    @brian volunteer/paid?

  • Bigbratz - 2010-10-08 14:46

    Durban should have just upgraded ABSA Stadium, as rugby still generates alot of money. What now? Write it off?

  • Leg over Wicket - 2010-10-08 14:46

    Read the book How to catch a Mampara and make a million R

  • Robin - 2010-10-08 15:12

    FIFA is such a crooked organisation. Didn't anybody do their homework and read how it is Blatter et al are so stinking rich? Read, "Foul" by Andrew Jennings.

  • Anonymous - 2010-10-08 15:35

    Whisper into LJE@Brian's ear: VOLUNTEERS should perhaps not have been paid for their normal work - although they were promised R100 a day (before tax) - but they should at least have been compensated for expenses. They were promised money for food - which happened for the first week - then they were forced to accept takeaways - never mind whether they had to have either kosher, halaal or special diets (for diabetes, for instance) which they could have obtained with a special allowance. I know one person who paid R60 a day to and from her working place in Sandton - then deduct 25% for tax (R25). That left her with R15 and she had to wait almost two months before she was eventually paid. Poor show, Danny Jordaan and Co!!!!

  • Yo - 2010-10-08 15:35

    If the cost of demolishing the Cape Town stadium is less than than the R46 million to maintain it for a year, it should be flattened immediately. Any bits that can be salvaged for resale should be sold and the money paid to the City to offset the enormous initial building cost the rate payers will be fleeced for. If this doesn't sit well with Central Government who paid most of the initial building cost, they can run it themselves and keep the profit.

  • DeonL - 2010-10-08 16:09

    The LOC is making a lot of money in interest in paying slow!

  • Wise - 2010-10-08 16:10

    kunini silindile uva ngolwabiwo mali ka 2010 world cup profit, iyephi??

  • D.Moerin - 2010-10-08 16:16

    Have you seen how fat Jordaan has got recently? Why do you think this is? FIFA has more than likely paid, but the money didn't quite make it past Jordaan's bank account

  • Dave - 2010-10-08 16:51

    Please just don't let any of this put us off bidding for the Olympics or a Formula 1 circuit in Durban! These events will all generate untold wealth and prestige for us. Prestige does so much to fill your stomach at night and put a roof over your head

  • Soothsayer - 2010-10-08 22:37

    Mike this has happened on your watch.You had been warned about FIFO and their Robin hood cavalier approach to host countries.I thought the viewing thing at the stadium was making millions for the municipality.We need to know how much is owed and how deep the hole is that you have led the Durban rate payers into!

  • mary - 2010-10-09 10:42

    And this is a suprise to whom?

  • Ayoba! - 2010-10-10 10:48

    ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Usefull idiots!

  • Anton - 2010-10-10 16:28

    Where are all the vuvuzela blowing fools now? I hope FIFA never pays what it owes these cities.

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