South Africa Denies Paying $10m Bribe To Host 2010 World Cup

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ALLEGATIONS that South Africa promised a $10 million bribe to a former FIFA vice president to win its 2010 World Cup bid were unfounded, a South African Football Association spokesman said on Wednesday.

“We are disappointed at the allegations … they are baseless and untested and we request proof from anyone who has evidence to the contrary to come forward,” said SAFA director of communications Dominic Chimhavi.

“Our bid campaign … was run, by among others, late president Nelson Mandela and former president Thabo Mbeki and several government ministers, who are men of integrity,” Chimhavi said.

All 2010 football World Cup funds were accounted for and audited, South Africa’s sports minister said on Thursday.

He said the government was yet to receive an indictment from U.S. prosecutors involving South Africans.

“Our financial records and books for the 2010/2011 financial year and those before and after the World Cup have been audited by the Auditor General of South Africa and no such amount has been found,” Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula told journalists.

At a press conference in New York on Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the former FIFA vice president, Jack Warner, solicited $10 million in bribes from the South African government to host the 2010 World Cup.

Warner issued a statement saying he is innocent of any charges.

Warner, formerly an influential official at world football’s governing body, is among nine officials and five sports media and promotions executives facing corruption charges involving more than $150 million in bribes.
South Africa yet to receive an indictment from U.S. prosecutors … Fikile Mbalula