S.Africa, FIFA Agree On Match-Fixing Investigation

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The South African government will set up an investigation into allegations of match-fixing ahead of the 2010 World Cup.

The government officials met with FIFA and its national soccer association.

South Africa's sports ministry says there was a "concrete conclusion" on a long-awaited commission to look into possible corruption after sports minister Fikile Mbalula, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke and SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani held talks at FIFA.

The sports ministry also says that FIFA proposed that its ethics committee should be part of the commission, but this was subject to approval by South Africa's government.

South Africa's hosting of the World Cup has been tainted after a FIFA report found "compelling" evidence that some of the national team's warm-up games for the tournament were fixed.

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