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Fri Oct 21 02:35:28 CAT 2016

Banned former SAFA CEO Leslie Sedibe failed three tests under FIFA's code of ethics

TMG Digital | 14 March, 2016 13:15
Former SA Football Association CEO Leslie Sedibe.
Image by: Sydney Seshibedi

Leslie Sedibe‚ a former CEO of the South African Football Association‚ was on Monday banned by the international governing body for infringing FIFA's general rules of conduct‚ loyalty and duty of disclosure‚ cooperation and reporting relating to match-fixing of international friendly matches played in South Africa in 2010.

FIFA said in a statement on Monday that the ban by the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee chaired by Hans‑Joachim Eckert included all football-related activities - administrative‚ sports or any other - at both national and international level.

"Three cases were decided concerning international friendly matches played in South Africa in 2010‚" the statement read.

"The investigation‚ initiated on November 2014‚ against (former) football officials of the South African Football Association (SAFA) were conducted by Dr Cornel Borbély‚ chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee‚ in collaboration with the FIFA Security Division.

"They relate to the proceedings against Lindile Kika which were decided in October 2015. Mr Kika was banned from all football-related activities for six years by the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee.

"In this regard‚ the adjudicatory chamber decided that the former official Leslie Sedibe had infringed art. 13 (General rules of conduct)‚ art. 15 (Loyalty)‚ and art. 18 (Duty of disclosure‚ cooperation and reporting) of the FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE) and imposed a ban on him from taking part in any football-related activities for five years and a fine of CHF 20‚000.

"Furthermore‚ the former officials Steve Goddard and Adeel Carelse were both also found guilty of violating articles 13‚ 15‚ and 18 of the FCE and each received a ban of two years‚" the FIFA statement read.

"All bans come into force immediately."

SAFA confirmed the banning but did not immediately comment further.

In October 2015‚ the TMG Sports team Kika had become the first South African to be charged in a long-running saga after it emerged that friendly matches Bafana Bafana played on the eve of the 2010 World Cup were fixed by convicted Singaporean match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal.

Sedibe‚ who headed the organisation during the matches under investigation‚ and erstwhile head of referees Steve Goddard‚ were also named in October as being under investigation by Fifa. Carelse was the former head of referees.


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