Mbalula to meet Fifa to clear SA’s name in corruption scandal
Fikile Mbalula has rescheduled his trip to Zurich to discuss allegations around the 2010 World Cup.
CAPE TOWN - Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula says he is keen to meet Fifa president Gianni Infantino to clear South Africa's name regarding the money given to the Diaspora for Caribbean soccer development, which Fifa has alleged was a bribe to disgraced Fifa official Jack Warner.
Mbalula has rescheduled his trip to Zurich to meet Fifa, he says they will meet soon to discuss allegations around the 2010 World Cup.
Fifa has outlined how it believes South Africa paid a $10 million bribe in exchange for votes to secure the right to host the 2010 World Cup.
They say Warner bagged the money which was disguised as financial support for the Caribbean football development.
However, Mbalula says he wants to clear South Africa's name.
"We will meet before the World Comrades in Mexico and probably after in relation to those issue we want to settle because we have nothing to hide in relation to Fifa 2010 World Cup."
The minister is adamant it was not a bribe.
"Others have characterised it as a bribe but it was not a bribe, it was an allocation policy informed by government policy on allocation that $10 million was to be given to Diaspora to support soccer development."
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Mbalula says he will be rescheduling his meeting with the newly elected Fifa president.
"I am going to Zurich to meet Fifa, among others, in relation to the question of the money we gave to the Caribbean and Diaspora and I will be meeting with Gianni [Infantino] with regards to that."
Fifa have been on rampant clean-up act following the suspensions of former president Sepp Blatter and Secretary General Jerome Valcke.
They have launched investigations into a number of World Cup bids that seem untoward including the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany.
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