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Safa officials suspended in fixing row

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Johannesburg – The president of the South African Football Association (Safa) and four other leading officials have been suspended in the wake of a Fifa report into a match-fixing scandal.

Kirsten Nematandani and a quartet of Safa administrators, including new chief executive officer Dennis Mumble, have been relieved of duty for their role in the fixing of four friendlies South Africa played ahead of the 2010 World Cup.

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KEMPTON PARK, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 23, President of the South African Football Association (SAFA), Mr. Kirsten Nematandani during the South African U23 farewell greeting at the Holiday Inn Garden Court on November 23, 2011 in Kempton Park, South Africa. The team will participate in the inaugural CAF U23 Championships. Photo by Lee Warren / Gallo Images

A Fifa investigation into the activity of convicted Singaporean match-fixer Wilson Perumal and his Football 4U organisation highlighted the involvement of the five South African officials, a press briefing was told.

The results of matches against Thailand, Bulgaria, Colombia and Guatemala in the weeks leading up the 2010 World Cup were found to have been pre-arranged to benefit an Asian betting syndicate. – Reuters

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