Johannesburg - New
claims have emerged that Morocco actually won the bid to host the 2010 Soccer World Cup, even though SA was announced as the winner, British
publication, The Independent, reported on Sunday.
It claimed that secret
video tapes - published by the British Sunday Times - apparently show then-FIFA
executive committee member Ismail Bhamjee making the allegations about
Morocco’s top spot to an undercover reporter.
The newspaper quoted
an extract from the video in which Bhamjee apparently tells the reporter that,
after he and his colleagues discussed their votes: “We found out that actually
Morocco won by two votes”. He allegedly suggests on tape that perhaps
officials could have “deliberately miscounted”.
The videos were
apparently handed over to FIFA five years ago.
South Africa was
believed to have beaten Morocco 14-10, in a FIFA vote for the 2010 hosting
In May, the sporting
body was hit by international controversy after an FBI probe led to the arrest
of several officials on various corruptions charges. Allegations emerged
during the investigations that South Africa was granted hosting rights to the
2010 World Cup after dishing out a $10 million payment.
The government has
since said the money was a legitimate contribution towards a diaspora legacy
programme involving the soccer associations of North America, Central America
and the Caribbean Islands (Concacaf).