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Report bares SA match fixing

2012-12-15 16:28

Johannesburg - Convicted Singapori match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal rigged South Africa's international friendlies ahead of the 2010 World Cup, the country's football federation said Saturday.

World football's governing body FIFA found "compelling evidence" the pre-World Cup friendlies were fixed, said the South African Football Association (SAFA) in a statement.

Perumal's football development front company Football 4U paid SAFA to arrange friendly matches before the country hosted the global sporting event, a FIFA investigation found.

"Perumal and Football 4U managed to infiltrate SAFA prior to the World Cup, with an offer to assist with referee development. The offer included providing FIFA-accredited Referees at their cost for the friendly matches prior to the FIFA 2010 World Cup," SAFA said.

Bafana Bafana (The Boys) beat Guatamala with a national record 5-0, Colombia 2-1 and Thailand 4-0 in friendly matches and drew one-all against Bulgaria.

At the time questions were raised about the matches. The referees from Niger, Togo and Kenya conceded dubious penalties especially in the Colombia and Guatamala games.

South Africa had asked the world sporting body to investigate and received a summary of the report on Friday.

"The report identifies various SAFA officials who interacted with Football 4U, and recommends that 'further examination' of these officials should take place," SAFA said.

After running a global match-fixing syndicate Perumal was convicted in Finland in 2011.

SAFA CEO Robin Petersen said the body would act on the information.

"After taking appropriate legal advice and following due process, we will take action against all who are found to have acted improperly or criminally in this matter."

AFP

Comments
  • claude.felbert - 2012-12-15 16:37

    Proven match fixing in Cricket and Football -- I wonder what other major sports are involved?

      neil.kroese - 2012-12-15 16:58

      Well how do you think New Zealand managed to win the RWC in 2011? rub of the green? I don't think so.

      BulletjieBulBul - 2012-12-16 05:20

      Tipies, Alles wat die ouens aan vat of aan deelneem is een of ander form van korrupsie betrokke. Hulle moet die WeePee / Stompies ook ondersoek vir knoeiery. Hulle is in dieselfde bootjie as Banana Banana. Hulle moet almal verban word om enige form van sport te speel.

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-12-15 16:43

    A reflection of what our Country has become. Nothing is Sacred any more. Absolutely f*cking disgusting......

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-15 17:49

      Reflection of the World..... Have yu read the article ?? It was the RSA officials whom instigated the investigation with FIFA. The officials in question are not South African RSA is in the righteous position here.....Some prefer to twist the facts to favour their detractor-ship.

  • Sarel Brits - 2012-12-15 16:54

    Well its the only way they will ever win, if you cant beat them buy them

      bfvillet - 2012-12-15 17:21

      safa asked fifa to investigate the fixer is an international criminal kan jy nie lees nie

  • warren.carne.9 - 2012-12-15 16:57

    Corrupt!!! As is everything within South African society,the only part of the (rainbow) nation these buggers are interested in is the pot of gold

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-15 17:45

      These buggers , You mean any criminal found guilty of match-fixing ....like Hansie

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-12-15 17:05

    Rthics SA style: 1. Say as little as you can get away with. 2. Do as little as you can get away with. 3. Take as much as you can get away with. 4. Grease where appropriate. 5. Never get caught. ...Go back to point 1. 5.

  • leon.carstens.77 - 2012-12-15 17:17

    Ha ha ha !!!! That's the only way bafana bafana could win anyway!!!

  • shane.asselbergs - 2012-12-15 17:26

    The article doesn't say that South African footballers or any of the managers 'fixed' the games. Only that this guy got referees, who were no South African, to make calls in favour of South Africa. That's different to what some commenters are suggesting here.

  • sakhile.makhathini.7 - 2012-12-15 17:32

    After re re reading the article, I came 2this conclusion. 1 Safa might have really been unaware of the fact Perumal had bad intentions. 2 They neglected 2supervise football 4u because they are lazy they were happy 2have someone doing their duties. 3 They were in collusion wt Football 4u, they knew that they needed 2give hope 2the nation by assisting the national team 2win the game leading 2world cup. Someone must take the fall. Lastly let me congratulate for those who were bold to ask Fifa 2investigate

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-15 18:18

      Read the article , twice gain as a minimum.

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-12-15 18:23

    But why killing SA Football? For Christ sex! LNN

  • Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2012-12-15 19:29

    This bafana team has always been so weak such that even with a ref on their side they had to retake a penalty 3times and were awarded a penalty outside penalty box! Barely a Year later they were left with an egg on their faces as they proved once again that they are a laughing stock when they broke into a song and dance only to find out they did not qualify with the Head coach arrogantly declaring its not his job to read the rules that have been there since 1998..... Let's face it, it is an embarassment of the worst order to be a bafana fan!

  • BulletjieBulBul - 2012-12-16 05:19

    Tipies, Alles wat die ouens aan vat of aan deelneem is een of ander form van korrupsie betrokke. Hulle moet die WeePee / Stompies ook ondersoek vir knoeiery. Hulle is in dieselfde bootjie as Banana Banana. Hulle moet almal verban word om enige form van sport te speel.

  • manuel.p.quintino - 2012-12-16 08:21

    When attending the SA vs Colombia game at Soccer City in May 2010, I remember how one sided the referee calls were. They truely got robbed in that game!

  • rudzanimulaudzi.mulaudzi - 2012-12-16 15:18

    I am not suprised by that, u can see Sundowns under previous coach was not winning all of sudden under new coach started to win immidiatley suprisingly is the same coach who was kicked out by SAFA .

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