FIFA Bans Former South African FA Chief Over Matchfixing

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(WFI) FIFA has banned three South African Football Association officials, including former CEO Leslie Sedibe, after a probe into fixing international friendlies in the build-up to the 2010 World Cup.

Sedibe was banned from football for five years. He was fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,200). SAFA referees Steve Goddard and Adeel Carelse were handed two-year suspensions from the game.

The sanctions are linked to an investigation into Lindile Kika, SAFA's former head of national teams, who was banned from football for six years last October for his involvement in helping to rig one or more of South Africa’s World Cup warm-up matches. He denied the allegations.

“The [FIFA] adjudicatory chamber decided that the former official Leslie Sedibe had infringed art. 13 (General rules of conduct), art. 15 (Loyalty), and art. 18 (Duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting) of the FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE) and imposed a ban on him from taking part in any football-related activities for five years and a fine of CHF 20,000,” FIFA said in a statement on Monday.

“Furthermore, the former officials Steve Goddard and Adeel Carelse were both also found guilty of violating articles 13, 15, and 18 of the FCE and each received a ban of two years.

“All bans come into force immediately.”

By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson

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