South African Football Association suspends officials over match fixing claims

Updated: 17 December 2012 17:34 IST

The South African Football Association says it has suspended officials, including its president, after a FIFA report into match-fixing ahead of the 2010 World Cup found "compelling evidence" that one or more games were fixed by betting syndicates.

Johannesburg:

The South African Football Association says it has suspended officials, including its president, after a FIFA report into match-fixing ahead of the 2010 World Cup found "compelling evidence" that one or more games were fixed by betting syndicates.

The association made the announcement in a statement on Monday.

On Saturday, the association said that it was "infiltrated" by now-convicted match-fixer Wilson Perumal and his "bogus" football company Football4U, which was a front for the Asian syndicates. No players have been implicated in fixing matches. Instead, referees appointed by Football4U are believed to have fixed the games.

SAFA didn't identify the games but South Africa's 5-0 win over Guatemala was under suspicion.

SAFA says FIFA's report also recommended "further examination" of some South African officials.

Topics : Football Mexico South Africa Republic of Ireland Federation Internationale de Football Association France
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