Leslie Sedibe says the South African public have been lied to.(SABC)
Former SAFA Chief Executive Officer, Leslie Sedibe, has maintained his innocence at a news conference held in Sandton, north of Johannesburg.
FIFA's independent Ethics Committee has banned Sedibe and two former heads of referees, Adeel Carelse and Steve Goddard, from taking part in any football-related activities for five years.
The South African Football Association has welcomed the sanctions imposed on the trio.
Sedibe says the South African public have been lied to.
“My part was to negotiate with the football associations and including the owners of the match venues, so that if the game was played in Mbombela I negotiated with the stadium owners at Mbombela. Yes, I did those negotiations, and yes I negotiated with those associations for those teams.”
Sedibe has asked why SAFA didn't publicly disclose the match-fixing allegations against him and other officials. He also says he had asked for an independent inquiry into the allegations.