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Under-fire Jordaan opts out of FIFA exco

Danny Jordaan (Gallo Images)
Danny Jordaan (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - South African Football Association (SAFA) president, Danny Jordaan, has decided not to submit his candidacy for FIFA's executive committee (exco).

According to the Sowetan Live website, Jordaan is not applying after two failed prior attempts, the last being 2011.

A year after a successful 2010 FIFA World Cup, Jordaan lost a bid to be elected by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to join the executive committee.

FIFA has now expanded the new-look council and CAF has an extra two spots on the committee. CAF association members will vote on September 27 to fill the two seats.

The 64-year-old has been keeping a low profile despite the odd appearance following the 2016 local elections.

Jordaan is the ANC's Mayoral candidate for Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth.

BRIBERY SAGA

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) has so far arrested 38 individuals around the world in connection with FIFA's corruption probe.

According to News24, more ongoing investigations have opened up in several countries such as Australia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany and Switzerland.

In March, FIFA confirmed that South African officials were involved in a bribe to host the 2010 World Cup.

FIFA believes that South Africa paid $10m to host the prestigious event which Spain won for the first time at Johannesburg's Soccer City.

Jordaan headed South Africa's bid to host the World Cup in 2010 and following the various corruption claims, the SAFA boss denied that the $10m paid to a football body led by Jack Warner in 2008 was a bribe.

Meanwhile, Jordaan has since hired top lawyers to defend himself in the corruption probe.

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