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SAFA ignored corruption report 20/06/04
It has been revealed that the South African Football Association has failed to react to a corruption and match-fixing report submitted to them three years ago.

However, Chairman of the Referees Review Committee Steve Goddard, who submitted the report to SAFA, revealed he was twice threatened of violence by "persons inside SAFA".

"This mess has to be cleaned up sooner than later. Somebody has to come clean," said Goddard.

He admitted that he reported the threats to the chairperson of Refereeing, Professor Gadinabokao, but the professor later claimed he had no knowledge of Goddard laying a formal complaint.

Goddard revealed that refereeing inspectors attended matches in reaction the allegations for corruption and match-fixing.

"We submitted a report three years ago on similar allegations that the SAFA president Molefi Oliphant has seen fit to go to the police about. Why only now? Our report was ignored," said Goddard.

But Oliphant insists he knows nothing of the report, declaring: "What report? This is the first I have heard of it. To whom was the report sent? SAFA is a big organisation."

Goddard also claimed that refereeing inspectors who are appointed to compile reports on referees' performances have not been paid since May.

"Prior to the last payment in May, inspectors last received payment for their services in January. This is not acceptable. These inspectors travel far and wide in their own vehicles, sometimes at the cost of thousands of rands to do a job, and struggle to get compensation. If we are going to point fingers, then SAFA should first get its own house in order."

Meanwhile, the nine referees who were arrested over the weekend are expected to appear in a Johannesburg court on Monday for alleged acts of bribery and match-fixing, with several top name PSL referees also being sought over the matter.

The arrests followed a four-month long investigation, which was requested by SAFA president Oliphant  

 

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