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?



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here