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Fifa bribery scandal: South Africa’s own goal

Danny finalSince the latest – and biggest – Fifa bribery scandal broke last week, the South African Football Association (Safa) has consistently denied that it paid a $10-million bribe to any individuals for the dubious honour of hosting the 2010 soccer World Cup.

However, in a classic example of double-speak, on Sunday Safa president Danny Jordaan told the Sunday Independent, that while the local organising committee had indeed paid over R120-million to the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football – headed by the infamous Jack Warner, one of the Fifa officials arrested last week – this was not a “bribe”, but for its “football development programme”.

More like developing Jack Warner’s personal bank account, as a letter sent by South African officials to Fifa reveals.

And with Sepp Blatter’s resignation as Fifa president on Thursday evening – just days after his re-election for a fifth term in office – looks like the chickens are finally coming home to roost.

Anyone taking bets on how long Jordaan remains mayor of Port Elizabeth?

 

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