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.
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