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Mbeki: Government's hands are clean in Fifa scandal

Thabo Mbeki reiterated the statements made by Fikile Mbalula and said the government's hands are clean.

FILE: Former South African President Thabo Mbeki. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Former President Thabo Mbeki said his former government would never have paid a bribe to any officials to secure the hosting of the 2010 Fifa world cup even if it was solicited.

Mbeki on Friday responded to the arrests of several people and a wide ranging investigation by the FBI which has seen Fifa's former vice president Jack Warner appear in court on charges of corruption and racketeering.

A top South African bidding official was implicated and is under investigation for allegedly bribing a Fifa executive.

This was revealed as 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.

It's alleged $10 million was agreed to be paid to a top Fifa executive to secure the bid.

The FBI claims a senior soccer official from South Africa travelled to Paris before the vote for the world cup to hand over money to Warner.

WATCH: Jack Warner responds.

LISTEN: One of the journalists who broke the story.

'BLATTER HAS OVERSTAYED HIS WELCOME'

Former Bafana star Matthew Booth says Sepp Blatter has been Fifa president for long enough.

The soccer body will go ahead with their presidential election today despite the saga that has plagued them.

On Thursday, Uefa president Michel Platini asked Blatter to resign but the he refused. Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein is the other candidate.

This screengrab of journalist Jonathan Paterson's tweet showing a document detailing claims alleged corruption involving South African football officials.

Booth says it's time for change, saying Blatter has served his time and now it's time for new faces to lead the organisation.

"Whether or not he has done good job or not it's debatable but the fact is you served your terms, and this goes for presidents around the world, there is a time for you to leave and we've got to realise once that time has arrived."

He says it's unlikely Blatter will be booted out given the entrenched support from his close associates.

"It's quite clear that you know once a leader has entrenched themselves and surrounded themselves with his cronies, it's very difficult to dislodge him.

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

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