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Safa: Bribery allegations make SA's leadership seem morally wrong

Safa says the South African government did not use its budget for $10 million payment to the Caribbean.

FILE: A picture shows the South African football Association (Safa) House in Johannesburg on 3 June, 2015. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Football Association (Safa) says its concerned that the Fifa bribery allegations make the country's leadership seem morally wrong, sinister and criminal.

Safa has finally responded to the allegations that South African officials bribed Fifa to secure votes for the 2010 world cup.

The football association says it has noted and rejected the US Attorney General's indictment that the payment made to Concacaf in the Caribbean was a bribe.

Safa says the South African government did not use its budget for the $10 million payment to the Caribbean and it was decided in a letter written by Danny Jordaan in 2007 that the money should rather come from the Fifa Local Organising Committee.

The association says there should be no surprise that the Caribbean was included in the benefits of as it one of the six regions recognised by the African Union.

Safa has rejected the claim that there was anything "sinister" in the way South Africa won the rights to host the World Cup in 2010.

It has also confirmed that US authorities have not approached Safa to assist in its investigations but is ready to do so when needed.

Click here to read Safa's statement.

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