The International Federation of Association Football, FIFA, on Monday banned three more South African officials over match-fixing scandal.
The football governing body confirmed that former CEO of South African Football Association (SAFA) Leslie Sedibe has been banned for five years and fined 20,000 Swiss Francs, following a lengthy probe into match-fixing.
The body has also imposed a two-year ban on SAFA officials, Steve Goddard and Adeel Carelse.
Although FIFA did not give full details of the case, it said that the three cases were linked to “international friendly matches played in South Africa in 2010” before the World Cup in which the three officials have been found guilty of misconduct and breaching rules relating to reporting wrongdoing and cooperating with investigations.
FIFA believes that at least one of the South African national team’s friendly games in the weeks ahead of the continent’s first World Cup was fixed by the referee. SAFA officials were under investigation for allowing a company controlled by Singaporean match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal to appoint the referees for the games
It had last year banned former SAFA head of national teams Lindile Kika from all football-related activities for six years.
Kika, who was one of five senior SAFA officials including the former president Kirsten Nematandani, put on ‘special leave’ in December 2012 following a FIFA report that suggested they were involved in match-fixing. They were called back in January 2013 but wasn’t cleared of any wrongdoing.
Although match-fixing is a criminal offense in South Africa, the South African authorities have for long ignored the alleged fixing of the pre-World Cup friendlies without any meaningful investigation into the allegations despite promises made four years ago.
The South African Football Association (SAFA) has welcomed the sanction imposed on its officials by the world football governing body, FIFA.