Fifa hands Safa’s Kika a 6-year ban

The case against Lindile Kika relates to international friendly matches played in South Africa in 2010.

FILE: A picture shows the South African football Association (Safa) House in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - In the latest on the Fifa scandal, the adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee has banned Lindile Ace Kika, a former official of South African Football Association (Safa), from all football-related activities at both national and international level for six years.

The ban is effective immediately.

The case against Kika was opened in November last year, in relation to several international friendly matches played in South Africa in 2010.

He served as the head of national teams at Safa and resigned last year, when Fifa starting investigating him.

Kika, joins the growing list of administrators who have been suspended from all football activities by Fifa's ethics committee.

His suspension is the latest development involving South Africa, since claims were made by United States authorities in June, that a $10 million bribe was paid to secure the rights to host the 2010 tournament, claims that have been refuted by the government.

Fifa President Sepp Blatter, Union of European Football Associations (Uefa) President Michel Platini and Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke have all been slapped with 90 day suspensions.

Last week, Fifa president Sepp Blatter said he would not take his 90-day suspension by the ethics committee lying down and he has decided to lodge an appeal against it.

Blatter has repeatedly denied allegations of corruption involving payment to European Football Association (Uefa) president Michel Platini and the awarding of World Cup TV rights to the Caribbean, both of which are the subject of criminal investigations in Switzerland.

Blatter has been suspended along with three others.