10 Jul 2015

South Africa: call for inquiry into 2010 World Cup

There are calls in South Africa for an inquiry into the awarding of the 2010 World Cup after it is alleged a Fifa official took a bribe in the run-up to the decision.

Last month FBI indictments against Fifa officials named Jack Warner as the recipient of a 10 million dollar bribe in exchange for his vote.

At that time he was the president of Fifa’s subsidiary for the Caribbean and North America – CONCACAF.

The FBI says they tried to disguise the bribe as a fund supporting the African diaspora in the Caribbean. Jack Warner is currently fighting extradition to the US and denies any wrongdoing.

The former vice president of the South African FA, Chief Mwelo Nonkonyama says no payments were ever approved by him and that he should have been consulted.

His claims are explosive as, as Inigo Gilmore explains in his report, they suggest a secretive powerful clique may have been the only ones who knew about all this.