Fifa scandal: SA denies $10m World Cup bribe

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa has denied paying a $10m bribe to secure the 2010 World Cup, in the wake of a US inquiry into corruption at world football body Fifa.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said 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 US prosecutors indicted 14 people.

On Tuesday, president Sepp Blatter said he was to step down, just days after he had been re-elected.

Of the 14 indicted by the US 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 and are currently awaiting extradition to the US.

The US justice department alleges the 14 accepted bribes and kickbacks estimated at more than $150m (£97m) over a 24-year period.

Comments (2)


Marita - 12 June 2015

suppose S.A bribed so what?who talked about other countries when they got world cup?why S.A and now?These are some of the machinations of unscrupulous characters.we got the world cup for the first time in Africa and we loved it and we dont care about how we get it its all history water under the bridge.we have other issues now to look at.fellow Africans lets not be distracted and taken back because of trivial issues we have still a long way to go

carson macate - 14 June 2015

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