FIFA opens SA fixing probe

2013-11-15 11:28

Johannesburg - FIFA says its ethics committee prosecutor is going ahead with an investigation into allegations of match-fixing in international friendlies in the buildup to the 2010 Soccer World Cup because host country South Africa hasn't set up an inquiry.

FIFA said in a statement that Michael Garcia, the chairperson of FIFA's ethics committee investigating chamber, has "decided to open a preliminary investigation on the alleged cases."

FIFA has found strong evidence of fixing in games involving South Africa in the weeks ahead of the World Cup, with allegations that crooked referees manipulated the games for illegal Asian betting syndicates.

FIFA agreed in April to allow the South African government to set up an inquiry but there has been no progress, leading Garcia to open his own probe.

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