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SAFA: R10m given to FIFA to assist with investigation

CRIME BUSTER:  Safa chief executive Dennis Mumble says they are serious about fighting corruption. (Lefty Shivambu, Gallo Images)
CRIME BUSTER: Safa chief executive Dennis Mumble says they are serious about fighting corruption. (Lefty Shivambu, Gallo Images)

Cape Town - South African Football Association (SAFA) CEO Dennis Mumble revealed that R10 million was given to FIFA to assist with the ongoing investigation surrounding fraudulent acts.

At the end of 2015 more than 14 officials, including ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter, were accused of fraud, racketeering, and money laundering.

Blatter was eventually removed from his position despite denying all allegations.

As months passed, more FIFA officials were suspected of fraudulent acts as the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) made further arrests.

It was discovered that $10 million was transferred from FIFA’s Swiss bank account to the Caribbean in 2008 and South Africa’s name was on top of the accused list.

According to widespread reports, the large sum of money was for the rights to host the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

Mumble says that after the media frenzy surrounding the astonishing discovery made by the FBI and FIFA, he wrote a letter to the football body informing them that SAFA would “support” an investigation into the matter.

“It was in support of FIFA’s investigation because we were never accused of anything other than what was in the media and on social media‚” Mumble said, as quoted by the SowetanLIVE website.

“FIFA was looking into what was alleged by the Americans and by the Swiss authorities. But because the American investigation mentioned South Africans‚ we thought we also needed to clear the air.

“I wrote a letter to FIFA early last year and said we would support the investigation and I asked them to let us know how we could that.

“FIFA took us up on that and they said, ‘Thank you very much for your offer of support‚ we would like to know the following...’”

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