South African Football Association has denied the allegation that it promised a $10 million bribe to a former FIFA vice president to win its 2010 World Cup bid. Dominic Chimhavi, spokesman for the South Afriican football authorities, says the allegation was unfounded. “We are disappointed at the allegations … they are baseless and untested and we request proof from anyone who has evidence to the contrary to come forward,” said SAFA director of communications”, he stated.
“Our bid campaign … was run, by among others, late president Nelson Mandela and former president Thabo Mbeki and several government ministers, who are men of integrity”.
At a press conference in New York on Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the former FIFA vice president, Jack Warner, solicited $10 million in bribes from the South African government to host the 2010 World Cup. Warner issued a statement saying he is innocent of any charges.
Warner, formerly an influential official at world football’s governing body, is among nine officials and five sports media and promotions executives facing corruption charges involving more than $150 million in bribes.