Sexwale questioned over Fifa bribe claims - report

2015-12-22 09:10
Tokyo Sexwale (Elizabeth Sejake, Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - Former South African Cabinet minister and Fifa presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale has appeared before a US grand jury as part of an investigation into alleged corruption at football's governing body, the BBC has reported. 

The British broadcaster said he was questioned in New York on December 17 about an alleged $10m bribe paid to Fifa's former vice president Jack Warner.

An unnamed spokesperson for Sexwale told the BBC that the FBI said he needed to appear, and he went as a potential witness.

News24 reported previously that South Africa was alleged to have paid a $10m bribe to secure the rights to host the 2010 World Cup. The payment was allegedly made to the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf). Warner was Concacaf president until he was suspended and resigned in 2011.

According to the FBI, Warner used portions of the payment for his private use. He was extradited from Trinidad to face corruption charges in the US.

Former president Thabo Mbeki has denied the bribery claims. The South African government insisted the payment was not a bribe, but a donation to the so-called African Diaspora Legacy Fund.

Fifa's ethics committee this week banned disgraced Fifa president Sepp Blatter and Uefa boss Michel Platini from all soccer-related activities for eight years. The matter involved a $2 million "disloyal payment" made to Platini in 2011.

The other candidates to replace Blatter included Prince Ali bin al Hussein of Jordan, Uefa general-secretary Gianni Infantino, Asian football head Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa of Bahrain, and Jerome Champagne, a former Fifa assistant general-secretary.

Fifa's presidential election is expected to take place on February 26.

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