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FIFA Accuses South Africa Of Paying $10m Bribe To Host World Cup

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President Jacob Zuma and FIFA President Sepp Blatter during a media briefing at Soccer City
Media Briefing with President Jacob Zuma and FIFA President Sepp Blatter, Soweto, South Africa - 13 Dec 2010
This event is to reflect on the legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup
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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.

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