Africa’s failure to vote for Gianni Infantino has hit back

Africa’s failure to vote for Gianni Infantino has hit back
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Africa’s failure to vote for Gianni Infantino has hit back. When the FIFA scandal broke last year minister of Sports Fikile Mbalula denied paying nay bribe to host FIFA 201 0 South Africa

“The money in question was above board and intended to support football in the African diaspora in the Caribbean” said Mbalula last year at the press conference at SAFA House.

Documents by the US attorney-general names 14 people, seven of whom have already been arrested. It also refers to another 25 co-conspirators.

Of the 14 people 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 that re-elected Mr Blatter 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.

There is no further indication of who the two South Africans might be, but co-conspirator number 15 is accused of having handed over thousands of dollars as far back as 2004, for deals with the Carribbean Football Union. Co-conspirator number 16 is accused of agreeing to pay then CONCACAF president Jack Warner $10-million to secure three votes for 2010.

The government eventually said it could not pay, and the money was paid out of a FIFA account.

Warner is accused of then diverting some of the bribe for his own use, rather than handing it over to two co-conspirators, one of whom has been identified as American Chuck Blazer.

Article:Madoda Ntuli

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