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We need a culture of fairness - Dumitru 14/06/04
Kaizer Chiefs boss Ted Dumitru has often been slammed for complaining about various issues in South African soccer, but now that allegations of match fixing and bribery have emerged he can finally feel justified for speaking his mind.

Dumitru says that 99% of the time he has evidence to back up his complaints and in this case he looks to have been proven right.

The three-time Castle Premiership winning coach says that he is happy that the issue of corruption, bribery and match fixing is finally being exposed, although he is concerned that it has taken so long to arise because the authorities have known about it for a while.

"I welcome the announcement that South African Football Association (Safa) have called the police to investigate those allegations but at the same time, Safa is sitting with a report that it commissioned two seasons ago about the same issue and it has not yet been made public.

"And now again the football authority are saying the same thing - they have not made public the names of the people who are giving our football a bad name," Dumitru told SASoccer365.com.

Dumitru also mentioned that Orlando Pirates boss Irwin Khoza was one of the first people to call for the investigation, but then seemed to back off once he was aware that certain top soccer personalities had been implicated.

The Romanian-born coach also highlighted the importance for Safa to get their house in order as 2010 World Cup looms on the horizon.

He also said that the investigation needs to be transparent so that the guilty parties can be exposed to everyone and be removed from the game.

"I think this is a chance for Safa to clear our football once and for all without holding anything back from the public," he said.

"We need a culture of fairness in the way that we run football especially that we are going to be hosting the World Cup in 2010. I hope that Safa will include the first report also in their investigations," said Dumitru.

 

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