Fifa report says Bafana games fixed

Fifa report says Bafana's pre-World Cup games fixed

Posted: 15 December 2012 Time: 08:38 am

The South African Football Association has confirmed receiving a report from Fifa on Bafana Bafana’s pre-World Cup international friendlies that were allegedly rigged.

The investigation was instigated on Safa’s request in October 2011, when speculation around the matches and the role of a possible international match-fixing syndicate in their manipulation had arisen.

The Fifa report addresses the question as to whether one or more of the pre-World Cup friendly matches was fixed, and finds compelling evidence that this was indeed the case.

The report outlines the workings of a bogus football development company, called Football 4U, which was a front for an Asian-based betting syndicate headed up by now-convicted match-fixer, Wilson Raj Perumal.

Perumal and Football 4U managed to infiltrate Safa prior to the World Cup, with an offer to assist with referee development. The offer included providing Fifa-accredited referees at their cost for the friendly matches prior to the World Cup.

The report identifies various Safa officials who interacted with Football 4U, and recommends that “further examination” of these officials should take place, to see whether or not these interactions transgressed Fifa and or Safa disciplinary codes, and whether any of these officials did so with criminal intent in collusion with Football 4U.

Safa’s Emergency Committee met on Friday morning to receive the summary report and to discuss the appropriate action to take. Given that the full report had not yet been received, and given also the complexity of the issues raised in the summary report and their possible implications, the meeting was adjourned to Sunday to allow members to study more fully the report and its findings, as well as to take further legal opinion as to the way forward.

Safa CEO Robin Petersen stated: “It is apparent from the report that the decision to ask Fifa to investigate this matter was the correct one, as the full extent of the web of international crime is now exposed.

“After taking appropriate legal advice and following due process, we will take action against all who are found to have acted improperly or criminally in this matter.

“We have consistently stated, and now will demonstrate, that Safa will not tolerate corruption of any form, or poor governance around compliance with Fifa and Safa statutes and regulations.”

Previous comments on this story...

El Kampion
posted: 08:50 am
Since Chiefs cows dominated Bafana team,they must be investigated and when found guilty they must be sent Suncity alongside Ananias Mathe and Jub amasiti amaningi

Even that Diego Forlan goal that Khune considered during WC was fixed,Khune will pay for this,the nation won't stand for bull...we derserve respect
KINGBOSKE
posted: 08:52 am
They must all be fired and join Jub Jub ejele
Prof_Makaveli
posted: 08:58 am
Yes!!! What a gr8 opportunity 4 our nation we could get rid of these SAFA officials who r jst eating our money, nd all these players who were playing in those pre-world cup frindlies.....letz jst kick them all out without fear or favour

These things have been failing us since 4rm 2009 Confed Cup what a gr8 opportunity!!!
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 09:33 am
Safa and Fifa must work around the clock to get rid of these people, we don't need such in our football system.
Dj Lumeh (Treble Dj...)
posted: 09:47 am
I dont care either way
aka joe banana
posted: 11:40 am
El Kampion

posted: 08:50 am | Report

Since Chiefs cows dominated Bafana team,they must be investigated and when found guilty they must be sent Suncity alongside Ananias Mathe and Jub amasiti amaningi

Even that Diego Forlan goal that Khune considered during WC was fixed,Khune will pay for this,the nation won't stand for bull...we derserve respect
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you should be ashamed of yourself! do you even remember the Bafana squad that played in those friendlies? and where in this report do you see allegations against players? or refrees are now bafana players from chiefs? ja neh, indeed there is no pill for stupidity, because someone would have given it to you by now, shame.
aka joe banana
posted: 11:45 am
@ El Kampion
FYI, the Chiefs players that were involved in those friendlies, are in the top-five big earners in the PSL, so they dont need those peanuts to make a living! in case you dont know, here are the top-five earners in the PSL: Elias Pelembe; Itumeleng Khune; Katlego Mphela; Simphiwe Tshabalala and Bennie McCarthy. (comfirmed by PSL and KickOff)
Inkomo
posted: 12:17 pm
No fire without smoke. No corruption without an PERUMAL (indian)
yafeu
posted: 12:19 pm
@El Kampion you are stupid bro or you don't understand english they say Fifa is investigating Safa officials not players Ii quote(Perumal and Footbal 4 U manage to infiltrate Safa prior to the World Cup with an offer to assist with referee development.The offer included providing Fifa accredited referees at their cost for the friendly matches prior to the World Cup.The report identifies various officials who interacted with Footbal 4 U I repeat officials not players stupid #### so the last time I check the toothless one was the part and parcel of those Safa officials.
Marop wa le Downs
posted: 01:04 pm
Hahaha El Kampion o lwala reg! You are killinh Khune here hahaha
Sgoloza82 *Golden Champ*
posted: 02:31 pm
El-kampion, ur realy obsessed with da mighty Amakhosi jo... Plz take a chill pill bro. Or a rope nd hang urself!!!
Mutsonga
posted: 04:10 pm
Since Chiefs cows dominated Bafana team,they must be investigated and when found guilty they must be sent Suncity alongside Ananias Mathe and Jub amasiti amaningi......
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I don't think this guy can read and understand english..
Young Plato The Big Chief
posted: 04:48 pm
Match fixing is a serious threat to the beautiful game and those involved should be punished.
@EL Kampion,I know you hate Chiefs but seriously dude, you don't have to be an idiot about it.
khosiolosopher
posted: 04:52 pm
Ok chiefs e tsena fakae fa?since whn chiefs player r part of the SAFA committee?or the tootless 1 is part of our players?
sakkie
posted: 11:00 am
Chiefs is corrupt I m not suprised Bobby is in and out high court. They are corrupt from the club to de fans. Now they want to corrupt rugby
makhubele
posted: 11:27 pm
@el kampion, I truely second you;khune's redcard;forlan's goal against uruguay is doubtful even shabbampela's goal misses against france is shameful therefore thay should be also get probed!
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