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#Fifagate not Safa's first corruption scandal

Former Safa boss Leslie Sedibe was implicated in alleged match fixing prior to the 2010 world cup.

Former Safa boss Leslie Sedibe was implicated in alleged match fixing prior to the 2010 world cup. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - This is not the first time the South African Football Association (Safa) has been implicated in a soccer bribery scandal.

Former Safa boss Leslie Sedibe was implicated in alleged match fixing prior to the 2010 world cup.

This involved Bafana Bafana's friendly matches in preparation for the tournament.

A top South African bidding official was implicated and is under investigation for allegedly bribing a Fifa executive $10 million to secure the tournament in South Africa's favour.

This was revealed after the world's most popular sport was on Wednesday plunged under the microscope after US and Swiss authorities announced separate investigations into bids for world cups over the past two decades.

US authorities confirmed nine football officials and five sports media and promotions executives were arrested and are facing corruption and racketeering charges involving more than $150 million.

Swiss police arrested seven Fifa officials who are now awaiting extradition to the US.

Those arrested do not include Sepp Blatter, the Swiss head of Fifa, but do include several just below him in the hierarchy of the wealthiest body in sport.

Last year Sedibe approached Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in his personal capacity to investigate the allegations to clear his name.

During his time with Safa, he signed a contract with an international company, Football For You, which has been linked to a convicted match fixer Wilson Raj Perumal.

Authorities became suspicious after referees were provided and paid by Football for You.

When contacted by Eyewitness News , Sedibe refused to comment on the latest developments.

The public protector is expected to comment later on Thursday.

NEMATANDANI CALLS FOR CALM

Former Safa president Kirsten Nematandani says public must not jump to conclusions now that South Africa has been implicated.

He says according to him everything was above board and officials did everything expected of them during the bidding process.

Nematandani says there was no need for South Africa to bribe anyone in the first place.

"We only had a bidding team which is known throughout the world for the good work which it has done. We could have sealed it in 2006, surely we were prepared and there is no doubt about that. We had the support of our government."

The former Safa boss added that he believes Germany's controversial awarding of the 2006 tournament at the expense of South Africa, may have played a role in the granting of the 2010 host rights.

To read the full statement from the US Justice Department on #FifaGate, click here.

To read the full statement from the Swiss Attorney General on #FifaGate, click here.