Football’s governing body FIFA has formally accused South Africa of paying a $10m (£7m) bribe to stage the 2010 World Cup, while acknowledging that votes where bought in past World Cup hosting. FIFA submitted a 22-page “victim statement” and “request for restitution” to the United States Attorney’s Office while seeking to claim ‘tens of millions of dollars’ seized by the prosecutors. FIFA claims to be a victim in the midst of the corrupt individuals even with the criticisms that bribe-taking had been a huge player in the past presidencies of Joao Havelange and Sepp Blatter, who was forced from office after 17 years by scandal. South Africa has strongly denied paying a bribe to secure the 2010 World Cup. But FIFA backed suspicions raised by US investigators.