Former SAFA president banned by FIFA

Former South African Football Federation president Kirsten Nematandani, has received a five-year ban from FIFA for not reporting suspected corruption and failing to co-operate with FIFA investigators. In a statement released to the media, FIFA confirmed the guilty verdict and the reasons behind it.  “Mr Nematandani was found guilty of having violated art. 13 (General rules of conduct), art. 15 (Loyalty) and art. 18 (Duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting) of the FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE) and was sanctioned with a ban from taking part in any football-related activities forRead More

South Africa paid $10 million bribe for 2010 World Cup: FIFA

FIFA on Wednesday demanded tens of millions of dollars in damages from the “sordid” officials now facing charges in the United States over mass bribery scandals that have rocked world football. In a wide-ranging admission to US authorities on the scope of soccer corruption, football’s governing body openly accused South Africa of paying a $10 million bribe to secure votes for the 2010 World Cup. FIFA also highlighted how one of the main accused, former FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb, has allegedly been leading a champagne lifestyle despite agreeing to handRead More

FIFA bans 3 South Africans over pre-World Cup match-fixing

FIFA banned three more former South African Football Association officials on Monday over match-fixing in friendlies ahead of the country’s hosting of the 2010 World Cup. Former SAFA chief executive Leslie Sedibe was banned for five years and fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,200). The governing body also banned Steve Goddard and Adeel Carelse, both former officials at SAFA’s referees department, for two years each. Last year, Lindile Kika, SAFA’s head of national teams in 2010, was banned from all football activities for six years.

FIFA election to go ahead in February

The election of a new FIFA president will go ahead as planned on February 26 despite the suspensions of current president Joseph Blatter and leading candidate Michel Platini, the executive committee of the ruling body decided Tuesday. The committee confirmed the original date at an extraordinary meeting called in the wake of 90-day suspensions by the FIFA ethics committee in early October.

FIFA bans former Safa official Lindile Kika for six years over 2010 friendly matches

The ethics committee for global soccer body FIFA has banned former South African soccer official Lindile Kika from the all of the sport’s activities for six years. “The adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, has banned Lindile Kika, a former official of the South African Football Association (SAFA), from all football-related activities at national and international level for six years. The ban is effective immediately.

FIFA scandal engulfs Blatter and Platini

The FIFA scandal on Friday engulfed Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, the two most powerful figures in world football with Swiss prosecutors investigating whether a two million dollar payment from Blatter to the French legend was illegal. Swiss investigators opened criminal proceedings against FIFA president Blatter and searched his office and also quizzed UEFA counterpart Platini. “Swiss criminal proceedings against the President of FIFA, Mr Joseph Blatter, have been opened on September 24, 2015 on suspicion of criminal mismanagement…and – alternatively – misappropriation,” said a statement from Switzerland’s attorney general’sRead More

Fifa suspends Jerome Valcke

 Fifa yesterday suspended its No 2, secretary general Jerome Valcke, over misconduct allegations.  Valcke “has been put on leave and released from his duties effective immediately until further notice”, said Fifa, adding that it has requested an investigation by its ethics committee.

Blatter’s grounding hits Fifa

World soccer’s governing body, Fifa, said on Tuesday it would discuss a possible new venue and date for an executive committee meeting scheduled for Japan in December. The announcement came amid uncertainty over whether Fifa president Sepp Blatter would make the trip. He has largely avoided travel since the US indicted 14 sports marketing executives and soccer officials, including several from Fifa, on bribery, money laundering and wire fraud charges.

Assets, including flats in the Swiss Alps, seized in FIFA probe

Apartments in the Alps are among assets seized in a probe into alleged corruption at FIFA, Switzerland’s attorney general said Monday, warning that the inquiry had not yet reached “half-time”. Switzerland began its investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in May, when the US justice department unsealed charges against 14 people accused of massive graft over decades within world football. Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber, speaking alongside his US counterpart Loretta Lynch, said his wide-ranging investigation was nowhere near complete.

Sepp Blatter reconsidering resignation from FIFA presidency – report

Sepp Blatter is considering staying on as FIFA president despite his resignation in early June, according to Swiss newspaper Schweiz am Sonntag. The paper quoted an unnamed source close to Blatter as saying he “had received messages of support from African and Asian football associations” asking him to rethink his decision to step down.

The police organisation will freeze the use of financial contributions from Fifa.

Interpol has announced the suspension of its agreement with Fifa following investigations into corruption against football’s governing body.   Under a May 2011 agreement, the world police body received a donation from Fifa worth €20 million to create a 10-year integrity in sport programme. However, there have questions about money changing hands in connection with the awarding of soccer World Cups.

#Fifagate: Blatter’s top lieutenant linked to payments

Fifa’s General Secretary Jerome Valcke made $10m in bank transactions central to the bribery investigation. US prosecutors believe Fifa President Sepp Blatter’s top lieutenant made $10 million in bank transactions that are central to the bribery investigation of the world football body, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday. Jerome Valcke, Fifa’s secretary general, is described in an indictment filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, as an unidentified “high-ranking Fifa official” who in 2008 transferred the sum to another Fifa official, Jack Warner.

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