Ban lifted on South Africans in World Cup friendlies match-fixing probe
Published on Jan 5, 2013 5:50 AM
JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - The five South African Football Association (Safa) officials suspended last month over a 2010 World Cup friendlies match-fixing scandal were reinstated on Friday.
Kirsten Nematandani, president of the organisation, and acting chief executive Dennis Mumble, were among those allowed to return to their posts pending a probe into a damning Fifa report.
It claimed Safa officials worked with the Singapore-based Football 4 U group that included convicted match-fixer Wilson Perumal Raj to fix warm-up matches against Thailand, Bulgaria, Colombia and Guatemala in South Africa.
Football 4 U was allowed to use referees from Kenya, Togo and Niger under a bogus exchange programme and a host of dubious decisions were made during the matches, including penalty kicks that should not have been awarded.
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