FIFA bans three South African football officials over match-fixing

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FIFA’s ethics watchdog has banned three South African football officials following the findings of an investigation by the an independent ethics committee into match-fixing allegations.

Former football chief Leslie Sedibe, who was South African Football Association chief executive for one year including through the 2010 World Cup hosted by the country, was handed a five-year ban and a $20,000 fine for his involvement in the match fixing scandal.

The other two, both former referees, were each banned for two years .

FIFA did not however give any details of the cases. It only said that the three were linked to “international friendly matches played in South Africa in 2010” before the World Cup.

Another former SAFA referees’ chief, Lindile Kika, was banned for six year in October 2015 for his role in the match-fixing inquiry.

Kika was one of five senior SAFA officials, including the former president Kirsten Nematandani, put on ‘special leave’ in December 2012 following a FIFA report into match-fixing.

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