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Football, bribes and a death threat

South Africa

Durban - A referee who officiated in a pre-World Cup friendly game could have received a bribe of almost R1 million, prima facie evidence collected by Fifa investigators shows.

The referee, who presided in the game against Guatemala, which Bafana Bafana won 5-1, was seen depositing $100 000 (R870 000) into his wife’s bank account after the game.

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Also, the then head of the South African Football Association’s Referees’ Panel, Steve Goddard, allegedly received death threats after he turned down a R30 000 bribe from the “Football 4U International” syndicate, led by Wilson Perumal Raj.

This shocking prima facie evidence was discovered by the two Fifa investigators into the match-fixing scandal involving Bafana Bafana ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup hosted by South Africa. - Sunday Tribune

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