PRETORIA, June 9– New claims have emerged that Morocco actually won the bid to host the 2010 Soccer World Cup, even though South Africa was announced the winner.
British newspaper, The Independent, reports that secret video tapes show then-FIFA executive committee member, Ismail Bhamjee, made the claim about Morocco’s top spot to an undercover reporter.
The videos were apparently handed over to FIFA five years ago. The official count was 14-10 in South Africa’s favour. US authorities claim that South Africa was granted hosting rights to the 2010 World Cup after dishing out a $10 million payment, around R76 million at the time.
The SA Football Association (Safa) on Sunday broke its silence on the allegations of a bribe, insisting that no crime was committed. Safa claims the allegations are what they call a false narrative aimed at tarnishing the image of the country.
The football governing body says the money given to Caribbean football association, Concacaf, was part of an African Diaspora programme that formed part of the government’s African Renaissance initiative.
Safa has said it’s considering legal action over allegations of bribery linked to the 2010 World Cup, reiterating that the $10 million that South Africa paid, was made with good intentions.
Meanwhile, identities of the two high-ranking South African officials implicated in the ever growing FIFA corruption scandal, remain a mystery.
In another development, former head of Egypt’s football federation said on Sunday that ex-FIFA Vice President, Jack Warner, asked for $7 million from Egypt, suggesting it could help with Egypt’s bid to host the 2010 World Cup.
Al-Dahshouri Harb told Reuters in a telephone interview that Warner expressed interest to him in being an adviser to Egypt’s bid and had said the money could be used to support poor football associations in Latin American countries.