Safa: Bafana match-fixing allegation ‘is an old story’

2012-01-16 00:00

SAFA said that it had not been contacted at all by Fifa amidst allegations that a series of Bafana Bafana friendlies before the 2010 World Cup were fixed.

A meeting was held by Fifa last week where plans to combat match-fixing in football on a universal level were discussed. Since that meeting, it has been reported that Bafana’s May 2010 friendlies against Thailand, Colombia, Guatemala and Denmark are under investigation by Fifa’s head of security Chris Eaton and his team.

One of the referees used in these matches was Ibrahim Chaibou from Niger, who has since been suspended by Fifa after he was implicated in a fixed match between Nigeria and Argentina last year.

But Safa said that these allegations are old news and that since they surfaced, nothing new has emerged.

“This is an old story and these are the same allegations,” said Safa’s communications manager Dominic Chimhavi.

“There is no news here, when the story first broke an official from Fifa came and nothing further has happened.”

Chimhavi added that since then there has been no word from football’s governing body.

“There have been investigations across the globe into match-fixing, not only Safa,” he said. “As we stand now there has been no word from Fifa saying that we are being investigated or that they have concerns over match-fixing.”

Safa’s CEO Robin Petersen agreed with Chimhavi.

“It is difficult for me to comment because I was not around at that time,” he said.

“Certainly since I have been here there has been no contact from Fifa.

“When and if Fifa raises the matter with us we will look at the situation and will be more than willing to co-operate with them in any investigation that is taking place.”

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