SA hit by new crisis after Bafana match-fixing revelations

Fifa said the outcome of South Africa’s 2-1 home win in African Group D in November had been contrived. South African football was embroiled in another scandal on Monday when Fifa said the national team’s World Cup qualifying win over Senegal last year was fixed, leaving the legacy of the country’s hosting of the 2010 finals in more turmoil. In banning Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey for life, world soccer’s governing body said the outcome of South Africa’s 2-1 home win in African Group D in November had been contrived.

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

How SA stole the 2010 World Cup

The sad and shocking story of how an international betting ring manipulated warm-up games ahead of the 2010 Soccer World Cup is told by Ray Hartley in his book ‘The Big Fix’. Here is an edited extract from the book “Chaibou walked into a bank in a small South African city carrying a bag filled with as much as $100000 in $100 bills, according to another referee travelling with him. The deposit was so large that a bank employee gave Mr Chaibou a gift of commemorative coins bearing the likenessRead 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.

Former soccer referee gets four year jail sentence for corruption, perjury

Former referee Clifford Malgas was sentenced on Friday to four years in prison for corruption and perjury, the SA Football Association said.   Malgas’ perjury conviction was related to his role in attempted match fixing during the 2011 Safa Second Division play-offs in Cape Town, Safa said. With neither of the sentences suspended, Malgas is set to serve an effective four years behind bars.

Fifa investigator claims SA match-fixing goes beyond 2010

Former Fifa investigator Terry Steans says match-fixing involving Bafana may pre-date the friendlies leading up to the 2010 World Cup. Match-fixing involving Bafana Bafana probably pre-dates the friendlies leading up to the 2010 World Cup, former Fifa investigator Terry Steans said. Steans was commissioned by football’s international governing body to write the 2012 report into South Africa’s friendly matches played just before the hosting of the 2010 event. “Infiltration [of The South African Football Association] was probably made well before then,” Steans told a Sapa correspondent by phone from LondonRead More

Govt, Fifa and Safa agree on commission of enquiry

FIFA, Safa and South African government has agreed to set up an independent judicial commission of inquiry to investigate match fixing allegations involving Bafana Bafana in the build-up to the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The three parties met at the Fifa House in Switzerland this morning (Friday) where they agreed that the South African government will set up the commission. South Africa’s Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, SAFA President Kirsten Nematandani and FIFA Secretary General Jérôme announced the agreement after their meeting.

SA referee bribed to fix 36 matches

A Vodacom League referee was bribed to fix 30 matches during the 2010/11 soccer season and another six in 2011/12, he has told the Bellville Commercial Crimes Court. The referee, who may not be named, was testifying in aggravation of sentence in the case against former Bafana Bafana manager Phil Setshedi, who was convicted last year of match-fixing. He that said between R3 000 and R4 500 a game would be split between him and two referee assistants.

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