SA Football Association starts inquiry into 'match fixing' claims by FIFA

Johannesburg, Dec 18(ANI): The South Africa Football Association (SAFA) has suspended its president, Kirsten Nematandani, and four senior administrators after the release of a FIFA report on match fixing and also launched an inquiry in the matter.

"This action in no way implies that these individuals were involved in match fixing," Sport24 quoted SAFA, as saying in a statement.

"It is simply for good governance that this measure is being implemented," he added.

SAFA's emergency committee met on Friday and Sunday after FIFA handed over a report last week on warm-up matches ahead of the 2010 Soccer World Cup, hosted by South Africa.

A commission of enquiry, headed by a retired judge, would be set up to investigate the matter.

Aside from Nematandani, SAFA COO and interim CEO Dennis Mumble, head of referees Adeel Carelse, head of national teams Lindile Kika, and former head of national teams Barney Kujane, would also take a voluntary leave of absence after their names were mentioned in the FIFA report.

SAFA vice-president Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana would serve as acting president in Nematandani's absence. Pinky Lehoko had been appointed interim CEO.

SAFA said it had apologised to FIFA after compelling evidence was found that the results of World Cup warm-up matches were fixed.

The national association confirmed last week it had received the FIFA report, which was completed by the global body's former head of security, Chris Eaton, after a bogus football development company, Football 4U, provided referees for the warm-up matches.

The company was later discovered to be a front for an Asian-based betting syndicate headed up by Wilson Raj Perumal, who was later convicted of match fixing. (ANI)

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