Jordaan: Puma contract terminated in January
Safa president Danny Jordaan has confirmed Puma terminated its contract in January.
JOHANNESBURG - South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan has confirmed sports apparel brand Puma terminated its contract with the association back in January 2013.
On Thursday Puma confirmed that it would be cutting ties with Safa following match fixing allegations made against the association, along with inappropriate responses from within the football organisation, including the suspension of senior officials.
Jordaan said on Thursday, "The new executive was elected on 28 September 2013 and since that election not a single sponsorship withdrew. The termination of Puma is dated back to 4 January 2013. That day announced the death of Puma's sponsorship."
Jordaan also maintained that Puma's termination was not all linked to match fixing within the sport.
"Let's deal with a fact. The match fixing allegations date back to December 2012 and were reported in the media. The response from Puma is dated 4 January 2013. This matter rests there."
Meanwhile, on Thursday a Safa referee was arrested for alleged match fixing after it was discovered during the trial of Philemon Setshedi that he was implicated as one of the persons allegedly involved in an attempt to manipulate the outcome of a Second Division Play-off match in Cape Town in 2011.
Setshedi was sentenced to eight years in jail in February this year.
Jordaan said Safa is doing everything it could to deal with the issue.
"If you now want to raise the question of match fixing that is clearly not swept under the carpet. You know that it was Safa that said this matter must be dealt with. We are going to deal with that matter very decisively, as you know we are just two weeks in office."
On Tuesday, Absa announced that it would not extend its contract with Safa beyond the end of 2013.
The financial institution's deal with the association expires in December 2013 and they have opted not to extend the deal.