FIFA corruption scandal taints success of 2010 World Cup in South Africa


VENTURES AFRICA – The South African Football Association (SAFA), the soccer governing body, has rejected allegations that the country had promised former Fifa vice president, Jack Warner, a $10 million bribe to win the 2010 World Cup.

Dominic Chimhavi, the SAFA director of communications, said the claims were baseless and untried and called for those with proof of this to come forward. “Our bid campaign was run, by among others, late president Nelson Mandela and former president Thabo Mbeki and several government ministers, who are men of integrity,” Chimhavi told the Johannesburg-based media on Wednesday.

Speaking at a press briefing in New York this week, US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, alleged Warner had asked $10 million in bribes from the South African government to host the 2010 World Cup.

South Africa successfully hosted the soccer spectacle, with FIFA president Sepp Blatter, giving the country 9 out of 10 points. Warner is among nine officials and five sports media and promotions executives facing corruption charges involving over $150 million in bribes.

Swiss police took into custody seven FIFA officials early on Wednesday as Swiss and US authorities revealed distinct far-reaching investigations into alleged corruption covering over 20 years at FIFA. “The people corrupted the business of world-wide soccer to serve their interests and to enrich themselves,” Wall Street Journal (WSJ) quoted Lynch as having said. She also described the alleged scheme as “rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted” in the US and abroad.