FIFA investigators arrive in SA

2012-03-01 11:39

Johannesburg - South African Football Association president, Kirsten Nematandani welcomed the FIFA delegation upon their arrival in South Africa to commence the Southern Africa leg of their global investigation into match fixing.

The FIFA delegation is led by Chris Eaton and the fieldwork phase is expected to take four days during which time they will engage with a number of key individuals.

In addition FIFA will have open access to SAFA's records that are relevant to the enquiry which is centered on the refereeing and outcome of the four friendly games that Bafana Bafana played in the final build up to the World Cup.

After careful consideration SAFA intervened and appointed their own officials, to replace the international referees recruited and supplied by Footbal4U, for the fifth and final friendly versus Denmark.

"We are doing all we can to help FIFA resolve the issue regarding the Bafana games and to do all in our power to wipe out corrupt practices in football in South Africa, if there is any," said Nematandani.

"Anyone who has not already been contacted but who believes that they have material evidence to offer are invited to urgently contact my office", added SAFA CEO, Robin Petersen.

The names of the individuals who are meeting with FIFA are not being made available to the media and neither is the media invited to the 'in-camera' sessions in order to protect the integrity of the process.

"We have complete confidence in the integrity and thoroughness of the FIFA process and will assist in whatever way we can to get to the truth. We would also like to emphasise that SAFA is not, at this stage, undertaking a parallel process either internally or through an independent body.

"We trust that all parties will respect the FIFA process and allow it to reach its logical conclusion", concluded Petersen.


  • Heiku - 2012-03-01 13:22

    I hope the probe hurts

  • Heiku - 2012-03-01 13:48

    Caption for that picture of Kirsten - "It's way bigger than I thought."

  • sean.looney - 2012-03-01 14:12

    what are they doing in south africa? unless i missed something i was under the impression sepp blatter lived in switzerland? they'll find all the corruption they need there! ;)

      Heiku - 2012-03-01 14:41

      Jy's net suur want ingeland het nie die wereld beker gekry nie.

      sean.looney - 2012-03-01 14:52

      well i'm south african first of all, not english. secondly im currently living in ireland, not england. also, if i had been english what would've been the point in you responding to me in afrikaans? if you were able to decipher the simplest code you'd realise that the wink after my post showed that i was trying to be ironic and i was having a dig at fifa not south africa, so being sour about england not winning the right to host the world cup is just stupid. go back to sleep, fat mike hates you.

      Heiku - 2012-03-01 15:17

      Oh ok. Ons meisies is mooier.

      sean.looney - 2012-03-01 15:24

      really bad attempt at being funny man. if i were you i'd just give up already.

      Heiku - 2012-03-01 16:47

      Ja nee kyk. Selfde diekant.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-03-01 14:18

    Irvin Khoza, Danny Jordaan and couple of their close mates n colleagues would be getting a bit nervours, if this was a bonafide investigation and not just another FIFA jerk off, to give the body some semblence of honour and respectability.

      Dok - 2012-03-01 18:55

      This investigation is a joke! No real urgency in doing this! Please make this a truly bona fide investigation... and find them all guilty!

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