Mumble grumbles about being fingered in match-fixing muddle
South African Football Association (Safa) CEO Dennis Mumble is bemused at having been named in reports as being implicated in the association’s 2010 match-fixing scandal‚ having been the official who initially reported the matter to Fifa.
Former Safa heads of referees Steve Goddard and Adeel Carelse were last week suspended by global body Fifa’s Ethics Committee for two years for their role in a match-fixing saga involving five Bafana Bafana friendly matches in the build-up to the 2010 World Cup.
Ex-Safa CEO Leslie Sedibe received a five-year ban and R311 000 fine‚ but has vowed to fight both.
Goddard in weekend reports named Mumble‚ the team manager of the 2010 Bafana squad‚ as having more to answer for in the fixing saga. Both Goddard and Carelse have claimed to be whistle-blowers.
Mumble reiterated he cannot comment on any aspect of the match-fixing saga‚ which emerged in a Fifa report released in 2012.
“We have been saying now for the last three years that nobody in Safa is going to comment on the match-fixing issue‚” Mumble said.
“There’s an agreement between Safa‚ the South African government and Fifa that they [Fifa] will do this investigation. And any questions have to go to Fifa.
“And we’ve left it at that. That agreement still remains. Once Fifa concludes its investigation we will deal with whoever we have to deal with.
“I can’t speak for myself. Beyond the fact that I reported the matter. I’m just a bit surprised that here‚ now there are many other whistle-blowers coming out.
“I’m the one who reported this to Fifa. Nobody else.”
Safa official Lindile “Ace” Kika received a six-year ban from Fifa in October last year.
Fifa’s charges for all the bans related to “infringing 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”.