SABC News - SAFA welcomes FIFA bans of former officials:Monday 14 March 2016

SAFA welcomes FIFA bans of former officials

Monday 14 March 2016 16:21

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The case into match fixing has been investigated for more than a year.

The case into match fixing has been investigated for more than a year. (REUTERS)

The South African Football Association has welcomed the sanctions imposed on former South African football officials.

FIFA's independent Ethics Committee has banned former SAFA Chief Executive Officer, Leslie Sedibe, and two former heads of referees, Adeel Carelse and Steve Goddard, from taking part in any football related activities.

Chairman of SAFA'S Ethics Committee Poobie Govindasamy says it's a relief that the matter has been finalised.

“The decision by the FIFA Ethics Committee is most welcomed by SAFA. As you know, this matter has been dragging on for many years. When this came to light in 2012, we reported the matter to FIFA immediately so that there would be an independent investigation in regard to the issues.”

Sedibe, who was the SAFA CEO at the time, has been found guilty of failing to disclose the issue, and for failing to co-operate. He's been banned for 5 years, an also fined just over R300 000.  

Carelse and Goddard have both been banned for two years.

The case has been investigated for more than a year.

It has already resulted in a six-year ban being imposed by the FIFA Ethics Committee on Ace Kika, who at the time of the matches was SAFA's Head of National Teams.  

None of the four is involved in soccer in an official capacity any more.

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