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Mbalula in a predicament over Fifa's 2010 World Cup bribery confirmation

International football body, Fifa, says that the $10 million diverted to a development fund constitutes a bribe to host the 2010 World Cup.

The money was apparently allocated at the behest of the South African Football Association (Safa) to secure the votes from disgraced former Fifa executives Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer.

EWN's Jean Smyth says Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, who has asked Fifa to retract the claims, finds himself in a compromising situation and may try use technicalities to explain the transaction.

He was adamant last year that South African government and Safa did not pay a bribe. He called it a criminal activity to pay a bribe to secure the hosting of the 2010 World Cup.

Jean Smyth, EWN sports editor

Meanwhile, football analyst Mamadou Gaye says Fifa is often inclined to incriminate African nations when dealing with matters of corruption.

Each and every time there is such allegations, they just point fingers at to Africans... everybody knows that allocating Fifa World Cup's is about buying votes.

Mamadou Gaye, football analyst

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:


This article first appeared on 702 : Mbalula in a predicament over Fifa's 2010 World Cup bribery confirmation


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