The South African Football Association (Safa) has disclosed it had spent R10m assisting Fifa in an investigation into a sum of $10m wired to the Caribbean after SA’s successful bid to stage the 2010 World Cup.
Safa CEO Dennis Mumble said he wrote to Fifa in 2016 and the world football governing body had accepted Safa’s offer of assistance.
"It was in support of Fifa’s investigation because we were never accused of anything other than what was in the media‚" Mumble said. "Fifa was looking into what was alleged by the American and Swiss authorities. But because the American investigation mentioned South Africans‚ we thought we needed to clear the air.
"I wrote to Fifa and said we would support the investigation and I asked them to let us know how we could do that. Fifa took us up on that and said, ‘Thank you very much for your offer of support’," he said.
SA was under sustained attack for months after questions were asked about $10m that was wired from a Fifa account in Switzerland to the Caribbean in 2008.
Letters from SA to Fifa asked for the money to be managed by now disgraced former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner. The money was allegedly for Caribbean development projects.
"We have documents to prove the sequence of events that led to the transfer of the $10m to the Caribbean. Fifa did not have a lot of the documents they were looking for. When they finalised their report there was nothing found on SA.
"But it cost us a lot of money to go look into things that were done previously‚ to follow up so that whatever we put was truthful and there were facts to support it."