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FIFA keeping eye on SAFA

2013-01-11 22:00

Johannesburg - The police and an independent commission are involved in investigating the match-fixing scandal that has immersed SAFA in possibly its worst-ever crisis.

This is the view held by FIFA as revealed by a spokesperson of world soccer's controlling body on Friday.

"We believe the South African police and an independent commission are now involved in the case," said the FIFA spokesperson.

"As for FIFA's position at this juncture, we are monitoring the situation closely," he added.

But, in a remarkable turnabout, SAFA's national executive committee (NEC) last week reinstated the five suspended officials who were implicated in the earlier FIFA match-fixing probe into five Bafana Bafana games prior to the hosting of the 2010 World Cup.

The five officials reprieved after being told to step down by SAFA's Emergency Committee pending a full-scale Investigation included president Kirsten Nematandani and acting CEO Dennis Mumble, as well as well as Bafana team manager Barney Kujane, head of referees Adele Arendse and technical chief of national teams Lindile "Ace" Kika.

Also mentioned in FIFA's probe that linked Bafana's match-fixing games to Wilson Perumal Raj's convicted Football 4U betting syndicate were former SAFA CEO Leslie Sedibe and the former head of the organisation's refereeing department, Steve Goddard.

The investigation into match-fixing found that Football 4U had organised Bafana's opponents for the friendly games against Thailand, Bulgaria, Colombia, Guatamala and Denmark prior to the World Cup and appointed the referees as well - with Bafana unbeaten in these games amid several highly dubious decisions.

Nematandani has declared that the suspensions were overturned because "due process" had not been followed.

"South Africa is a democracy," he added, "and no one can be deemed guilty without a fair and proper trial."

Sports Minister Fikile Mabalula has accepted SAFA's U-turn and said he was confident the bribery mess would be sorted out in good time.

"What we need to concentrate on right now," he added, "is the hosting of the forthcoming African Nations Cup and making the tournament a huge success. Not to rock the boat."

The latest FIFA statement added that "the national association concerned in match-fixing allegation bears the responsibility and has the competence to investigate and sanction as it sees fit.

"FIFA in the process will provide advice both at an investigative and disciplinary level - with the power to extend any decisions to have worldwide effect."

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Comments
  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-11 20:47

    Prick them on their asses FIFA because they can't win any games if the third hand is absent!!

      calvin.eighteeseex - 2013-01-11 23:05

      Dear user please NOTE you are on news24 page and not on FIFAs

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-01-12 07:07

      Crooks watching crooks... hahhaha...

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-12 10:24

      Calvin you only looking for attention!!

  • nyakanyaka.nyakanyaka - 2013-01-11 21:33

    They r not better than us n we will remain superior in tough times cos we r better than them. Nigeria,ivory coadt n ghana. Viva bafana viva

  • njglen - 2013-01-11 22:29

    Who cares? Respect for soccer in SA was lost a long time ago, they are an embarrassment to the nation. The embarrassment is a result of SAFA and the Sports Ministry, they only have themselves to blame. Thank goodness we can rely on the well run rugby and cricket teams.

      calvin.eighteeseex - 2013-01-11 23:04

      Ja neh...I remember not long ago that SARU scandal and Majola scandal in CSA,so is Olympic committee so what's your point? SA sport is corrupt to the core don't try to justify according to skin

      manuel.p.quintino - 2013-01-11 23:08

      Blacks are the most corrupt

  • dsundire - 2013-01-11 22:50

    My feeling is that there are some ANC people involved including Irvine Khoza. This is corruption taken too far. FIFA is in trouble becoz they made money from South Africa but I tell u Blatter and his mafia's days are numbered. This is an international crime and the world can not sit back and watch soccer going to the doldrums

      calvin.eighteeseex - 2013-01-11 23:00

      You racist anti Blatter are fooools, he did not send these scum bags to bribe any other fellow fool, crawl back to your hole,this cANCer thing you always mention is realy boring now,we talking sport here

  • shadrack.motshwara - 2013-01-11 23:49

    No 2 match fixing all we want is fair play

  • leedsunitedfc - 2013-01-12 05:25

    @calvin where does he mention anything regarding skin?

  • TJikazi - 2013-01-12 07:37

    Nematandani and his crew (ftf remember) get suspended and you are busy mentioning Khoza. Where does he fit because his is not on the report. Stop your stupid obsession with the man.

  • peter.boettger - 2013-01-12 09:28

    @kelvin you are another WANNABEE. the moment the truth is spelt out your kind when you dont like what you hear USE THE RACE CARD get a Goddam live troublemaker

  • jayson.fonseca.3 - 2013-01-12 09:31

    SAFA is a bunch of incompetent official and as long is they dont employee ex players Like Lucas Radebe Neil Tovey Shaun Barlett Doctor Khumalo etc to Run SAFA we will be in the mess forever . Those currently running soccer has no adminstration skills and are not in the game to better it , but for their own personal gain. On Another note are agree with Calvin Sepp Blatter has nothing to do with the corruption in SA. This Man should be Honoured and Saluted for his stance against the Europeans that wanted to make the Worlld Cup an European event, if it was not for him SA would still be on the waiting list,Brazil would be not even on the map despite them dominated the soccer spectrum for years . like the equality he brings to the game. and shame on you that see this otherwise.

  • jayson.fonseca.3 - 2013-01-12 09:44

    SAFA is a bunch incompetent officials that are in the game not to better it but for self gain. As long this officail stay in power our soccer wil remian in tthis mess. We should appoint guys ike Lucas Radebe Mark fish Neil tovey Doctor Khumalo Shaun Barlett etc to take our soccer forward. On another note I agree with Calvin Sepp Blatter should be Honoured and saluted for taking his stance against the europeans that wanted to make the World Cuo a european event . If it wasnt for this man SA will still be on the waitning list and Brazil would have waiting much longer and those loud mouth England would've being next in line after Germany . I like Sepp he bring Equality to Soccer and because of him every continent can have a chance to host this SWC and shame on you that think otherwise

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