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Match Fixing Investigations Begin

According to reports in British Media, FIFA has leaked statements regarding match-fixing scandals leading up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Upon investigation, FIFA suggest that at least seven fixtures prior to the World Cup spectacle were fixed, and that the infamous match-fixing king, Raj Perumal, was at the centre of it all.

It is said that in May of 2010, Perumal's syndicate signed a deal with SAFA to provide referees for all South Africa’s games leading up to the World Cup.

The games under the spotlight are South Africa's 4-0 thumping over Thailand as well as a 2-1 win against Colombia. The 5-1 win over Guatemala, including the 1-1 draw with Bulgaria and the 1-0 victory over Denmark which took place in May and June of 2010, are now under investigation.

At the time, FIFA called a meeting with SAFA to address the match-fixing scandal. After the meeting was held, which was attended by a number of SAFA officials, it was agreed upon that an independent judicial commission of enquiry be set up by the South African government.

The judicial investigations were limited to the match-fixing irregularities which was related to the friendlies leading up to the World Cup in 2010.

Other fixtures that are under scrutiny are Nigeria's 3-1 win over Korea and the goalless draw between Japan and Zimbabwe.

FIFA has admitted that match-fixing has already been attempted ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The Siya crew will keep tabs on the situation as it unfolds.

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