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FIFA Responds To Mbalula’s Outburst

FIFA Responds To Mbalula’s Outburst

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107 / / Nov 14, 2013 06:26 PM

FIFA has responded to Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula's outburst following the announcement that the world football governing body will take over the investigation into match fixing involving Bafana Bafana friendlies.

Responding to Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula outburst about their decision to take over the investigation of match fixing involving Bafana Bafana friendly matches in the build-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, FIFA said some urgency was needed to resolve this issue.

“Michael J. Garcia, the chairman of the investigative chamber of FIFA’s independent Ethics Committee, has decided to open a preliminary investigation on the alleged cases of match-manipulation in South Africa in view of the time elapsed and the fact that no independent Commission of Enquiry has yet been set up in South Africa as was agreed in the meeting with South Africa's Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula on 5 April 2013,” said a statement sent by FIFA to the Siya crew .

“In accordance with FIFA’s Code of Ethics, the independent Ethics Committee can investigate cases if associations fail to prosecute potential breaches of that code,” added the statement.

By Soccer-Laduma
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eyeslo Level 1
I don't know why the outburst from our minister. Safa and the government should have resolve this long time ago. Fifa have to intervene because they have failed to do damage control of SA football image.

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Tresure_NT Level 4
Ngwende Do U Ever Use Ur Head 2 Think B4 U Cowment

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Ngwende Level 6
They must investigate all South Afrcan refs, starting with Mfiki (Goat's puching of Wits player) & Zebras for robbing other teams.

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Pastor JAZ* Level 3
Nurse khosa en jordan(loc)in hot water

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Shapiro Level 5
Enough is enough we are tired to hear same story everyday if FIFA want to make decision about this scandal matter of buying games they must do it like they did in Zimbabwe n Italy,why is difficulty to investigate here

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mainama Level 4
who is Safa trying to protect? I guess is not Nematendani alone.

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VusiKhosi Level 4
Ley FIFI do the investigation as Zuma is corrupt too. So how can you expect a corrupt man eradicate corruption?

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mazie_Reloaded Level 3
Then whats da independent ethics committee waiting for..

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soximan Level 3
Editor you must try and simplify your articles please people seem to be confused about this article.

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dbongs77 Level 4
If SA government does not allow FIFA to investigate, then sanctions should be applied to SAFA.... We are tired of politics trying to influence everything. Mbalula is out of line, and they failed to sort out the issue of match fixing.

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Izec247 Level 3
In SA the investigation was gonna take 15 years. Well done FIFA.

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Khizosky Level 2
@elkay fifa not run by corrupt maybe you dont talk of fifa that is headed by sepp blatter. Man corruption is everywhere and blatter and jerome valke are corrupt ntate if you dont know they bought votes so that blatter can be a president again

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mapie2223920 Level 2
MBALULA IS DOING A RIGHT THING COZ HE IS ASKING FIFA TO INVESTIGATE NOT GOVERNMENT...SOME PEEPS R STUPID ..THEY CAN'T READ...I'M SMELLING ZEBRISH TENDENCY HERE...SKY IS DA LIMIT

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mazie_Reloaded Level 3
Kaizer cheats.. Bloody cheats

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Njebhene_02 Level 1
FIFA rules r simple gorvnment shudnt interfer in2 sport concerning meta nw wat z ds Fikile doing?who da heck he z to set up a commition?last time i checkd he wz a youth lig president nw ds?he mst vamos away 4rm SAFA nd FIFA

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