FIFA Bans Three South African Officials

FIFA employees enter at the FIFA headquarters on June 3, 2015 in Zurich. Photo/AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BUHOLZER

The world governing body FIFA, has banned three South African Football Association officials from sports in connection with international friendlies played by the national side in 2010.

Leslie Sedibe, a former chief executive of the South African Football Association, was banned for five years and fined 20,000 Swiss francs (£14,000) by FIFA’s ethics committee. Steve Goddard and Adeel Carelse, both former heads of the SAFA’s refereeing department, were each banned for two years.

The cases were linked to that of the former SAFA executive member and head of referees Lindile Kika, who was banned for six years by FIFA last October.

FIFA said that Sedibe, Goddard and Carelse had all infringed ethics rules concerning general rules of conduct, loyalty and disclosure, cooperation and reporting.

The investigations were conducted by FIFA’s ethics committee along with the security division, which is responsible for fighting match-fixing.

A previous FIFA investigation had looked into warm-up matches that South Africa played against Thailand, Bulgaria, Colombia and Guatemala in May 2010 ahead of the World Cup, which South Africa was hosting.