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Report: Jordaan confirms SA paid Fifa $10m after winning World Cup bid

The Sunday Independent is reporting that Safa head Danny Jordaan claims the money was not a bribe.

FILE. South African Football Association President, Danny Jordaan. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Football Association (Safa) President Danny Jordaan has reportedly confirmed that South Africa paid $10 million after the country won a bid to host the 2010 World Cup.

The _Sunday Independent _is reporting that Jordaan said the money was not a bribe, and was in fact paid to the Confederation of North, Central American and the Caribbean Football Association (Concacaf)

in 2008.

Last week the United States Justice Department claimed a South African bid official paid a bribe for the hosting of the 2010 soccer spectacle.

Seven Fifa officials have also been arrested for allegedly being part of the international scandal involving millions of dollars stretching back 24 years.

The Sunday Independent quotes Jordaan as saying the $80 million was paid directly over to South African football authorities in 2008 for the soccer tournament.

A further $20 million dollars was allocated to build Safa House and $10 million was paid to Concacaf.

Jack Warner, who has been implicated in the bribery scandal, was the head of the association at the time.

The paper further claims that no other football association under Fifa had received such a cash injection during 2008.

Local soccer bosses and the Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula have all dismissed claims by the US Justice department that a bribe was indeed paid by South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup.

None of the officials involved in the bidding process have been available for comment.

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

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