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We Didn’t Bribe FIFA With $10m – South Africa

Posted: Jun 3, 2015 at 4:33 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)





South Africa on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, denied bribing FIFA with $10 million to secure the 2010 World Cup, in the wake of a U.S. inquiry into corruption at world football body, FIFA.

South Africa’s Sports Minister, Fikile Mbalula, explained that the money in question was above board and intended to support football in the African Diaspora in the Caribbean.

The FIFA scandal erupted last week when U.S. prosecutors indicted 14 people.

On Tuesday, President Sepp Blatter said that he was to step down, just days after he had been re-elected for a fifth term.

Of the 14 people indicted by the U.S. on charges of racketeering and money laundering, seven were senior FIFA officials, including two vice-presidents. The seven were arrested in Switzerland as they awaited the Fifa congress that re-elected Blatter and are currently awaiting extradition to the U.S.

The U.S. justice Department alleges the 14 accepted bribes and kickbacks estimated at more than $150 million (£97 million) over a 24-year period.

Interpol has issued alerts for six people, including Fifa officials, under investigation by the US.