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Pasiya to sue SAFA 02/08/04
Bush Bucks director Sturu Pasiya has threatened to take legal action against the president of the South African Football Association (Safa), Molefi Oliphant.

Pasiya's lawyers are demanding the highly publicised Motemele report, the contents of which were never made public, and another report which Oliphant reportedly handed to the then minister of sports, Ngconde Balfour. The contents of this report have also never been made public.

"My lawyers wrote a letter to SAFA demanding to be furnished with the previous two reports on referees which SAFA president, Molefi Oliphant, is sitting on.

"We have also asked SAFA to furnish us with minutes from meetings of the referees and the referees' appointment committees dating back two years," the Umtata-based businessman was quoted in the Sunday Sun.

Pasiya revealed he will also take legal action against Professor Lesole Gadinabokao, who heads the referees' committee and Muhamed Mubarak, who chairs the referees' appointment committee.

"We have even asked to be furnished with all the reasons for the last-minute change of referees for some matches. This must be given to us in writing," he said.

However, SAFA chief operations officer Albert Mokoena told City Press yesterday: "My response to that letter was that the matter was now with the police. I advised them to consult with the investigating officers and the prosecutors who are handling the case."

Pasiya is one of more than 30 soccer officials who have been arrested since the inception of 'Operation Dribble' a few months ago and faces charges of match fixing and corruption.

"I've heard people saying that SAFA should suspend me from soccer. For starters, SAFA doesn't have any jurisdiction over me.

"I serve in the PSL executive because I own a club. Even if the PSL was to suspend me, I would challenge them. I am innocent until found guilty by a court of law," he said.

"My arrest has made it even harder to get a sponsorship for my club. My businesses are suffering since my arrest and it has even affected my family. My children are traumatised as they are being ridiculed by their schoolmates," he said.

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