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Leslie Sedibe speaks out after Fifa slaps him with a ban

Fifa has banned the former Safa CEO for five years and fined him R311,000.

Leslie Sedibe. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN
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JOHANNESBURG – Former South African Football Association (Safa) CEO Leslie Sedibe has denied being involved in match fixing, saying he approached the national police commissioner to investigate the claims.

Fifa has banned him for five years for his alleged unethical behaviour relating to three international friendlies in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup.

It fined him R311,000.

He says there is no truth to the allegations that a meeting was held involving him and another official to fix matches.

He says he wasn’t in the meeting called into question.

“One of the allegations is that an impression that has been created and you’ve all been told lies that I met Wilson Perumal at Safa house. Here is a letter, dated 29 April 2010, addressed to Kirsten Nematandani who was the president of Safa at the time.” 

Sedibe says the Fifa investigation into alleged match fixing remains incomplete and he has never been called into meetings regarding those allegations of match fixing.

Two other former Safa officials, Steve Goddard and Adeel Carelse, each received a two-year ban.

The now Proudly SA CEO says he has on numerous occasions called for an independent inquiry into allegations of match fixing.

“Why did Safa not publicly disclose the fact that the police had indeed investigated this matter? Secondly, that the National Prosecuting Authority had taken a decision not to prosecute.”

Sedibe says he has never been given the opportunity by Fifa to respond to the allegations lodged against him.

He says the Safa has sat on crucial information needed for him to respond.

“My repeated requests for access to certain information has been ignored by Safa.”

The former Safa CEO has read out a letter from Safa where he claims the organisation tried to silence him by requesting him to delete confidential information related to the match fixing, even going on to say that he had to make a paid application to get his hands on it.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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