Fifa’s Valcke granted SA citizenship

Johannesburg – Fifa official Jerome Valcke has become a South African citizen, The Times reported on Friday.

It quoted home affairs spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa as saying Valcke was granted citizenship on June 15.

Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke. Credit: REUTERS

"The reasons are for his contribution towards South Africa hosting the 2010 World Cup and the development of football in the country. He is also married to a South African citizen."

Mamoepa said the granting of citizenship to Valcke was not unusual.

"It has been granted to sportsmen as well," he said, referring to Zimbabwe-born Springbok rugby player Tendai "Beast" Mtawarira and Pakistani-born Protea cricketer Imran Tahir. – Sapa

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