South Africa to investigate match fixing
By Football News
South African Football Association (SAFA) president Kirsten Nematandani has been suspended over match-fixing allegations.
Four SAFA staff members, including the newly chief executive officer Dennis Mumble, have also been stood down over the fixing of the results of four warm-up matches that South Africa played in the build-up to the 2010 World Cup.
A FIFA investigation into the activity of convicted Singapore match-fixer Wilson Perumal and his Football 4U organisation blamed the five South African officials, a media briefing was told.
The results of matches against Thailand, Bulgaria, Colombia and Guatemala in the weeks leading up to the World Cup were found to have been pre-arranged to benefit an Asian betting syndicate.
FIFA issued their initial report on the matches last week and an emergency committee of SAFA held a meeting on Sunday where they considered and accepted the report as received.
SAFA have essentially acknowledged guilt in the matter and will now seek to deal with those within the organisation who are responsible.
The committee also noted that the appointment of Football 4U International was never brought to the attention of the SAFA National Executive Committee, suggesting that rogue individuals were to blame.
SAFA have agreed to set up a commission of enquiry, under the leadership of a retired judge, to fully investigate the matter.
Vice-president, Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana, will take over as president from Nematandani.
Outgoing CEO, Dr Robin Petersen, said the steps taken were to ensure the matter would be thoroughly and properly investigated.
"We need to allow the investigation to take place speedily and fairly, so those that are innocent can be separated from those who are not," he said.
Perumal is currently under house arrest in Hungary for match-fixing, having also served a two-year jail term in Finland for the same offence.