Proteas football body to face judicial inquiry over 2010 match fixing allegations

Last Updated: Sat, Apr 06, 2013 09:30 hrs

The South African Football Association (SAFA) will face a judicial inquiry over an alleged soccer match-fixing in South Africa in 2010, according to the sport ministry.

The ministry said in a statement that an independent judicial commission of inquiry will be set up by the South African government, adding that the mandate of this judicial investigation will be limited to matters related to the case of irregularities in friendly matches of SAFA in the build-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Sport24 reports.

Meeting on the issue, Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula, SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani and FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke had discussed allegations of corruption regarding warm-up matches ahead of the 2010 World Cup.

According to Valcke, it was important for the long-standing case to be concluded soon as it was harming the interests of football in the country, adding that it is critical that structures are set up in order to tackle similar cases, should they happen in the future.

Five SAFA officials, including Nematandani and acting chief executive Dennis Mumble, were suspended in December after they were implicated in the FIFA probe.

The SAFA national executive committee later reversed the decision and reinstated the senior staffers in January following a meeting with Mbalula, the report added. (ANI)

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