SAFA have confirmed that they have used a whopping R10 million in assisting Fifa with their investigation into funds that were wired into the Caribbean after the successful 2010 World Cup bid.
Safa CEO Dennis Mumble revealed that he penned a letter to Fifa last year to help them with the investigation.
‘It was in support of Fifa’s investigation because we were never accused of anything other than what was in the media and on social media‚’ Mumble told TimesLive.
‘Fifa was looking into what was alleged by the Americans and by the Swiss authorities. But because the American investigation mentioned South Africans‚ we thought we also needed to clear the air.
‘I wrote a letter to Fifa early last year and said we would support the investigation and I asked them to let us know how we could that.
‘Fifa took us up on that and they said ‘Thank you very much for your offer of support‚ we would like to know the following.
‘They [Fifa] asked for a lot of information‚ documents which we had to go and dig into our archives [for] in the 2010 World Cup Local Organising committee (LOC). The LOC handed some documents to us but not all the documents.
‘We have got sufficient amount of documents to prove beyond a doubt the sequence of events that led to the transfer of the $10 million to the Caribbean and we outlined all that.
‘That support required a lot of legal help to follow up and look into some of the things needed to compile reports‚ documents and do some research.
‘That took a lot of time. Fifa did not have a lot of the documents they were looking for and eventually they finalised their report and obviously there was nothing found on South Africa but not because we were accused of anything.
‘But it cost us a lot of money to go into records‚ to go and look into things that were done previously‚ to follow up so that whatever it is we put was truthful and there were facts to support it,’ he concluded.
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