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10 FIFA bribery scandal articles you have to read

06 June 2015, 08:32Wade Pretorius - Sport24

Cape Town - Since the FIFA scandal broke on Wednesday, May 27 the internet has been flooded with information as the story continues to develop.

This compilation article points out the 10 articles not to be missed: 

1. FIFA officials arrested in Zurich

Swiss police raided the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich and arrested six FIFA officials as part of a US investigation into bribes in football totalling $150 million.

2. Who are Co-Conspirator #15 and #16?

Shortly after the US indictment went viral, South Africa's hosting of the 2010 World Cup was thrown into the spotlight and two South Africans were allegedly involved in paying bribes. The speculation over the identity started almost immediately.

3. Government's responds to bribery allegations

Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula issued a strong statement denying any South African involvement in any bribes relating to the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

4. Despite his election for a fifth term, FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced his shock resignation 

In a hastily arranged press conference, Blatter said "FIFA needs a profound overhaul" and announced that a new leader will be elected to run the organisation. Blatter's daughter denied that the bribery scandal played a part in her father's resignation. Nando's take on the matter was HILARIOUS!

5. An explosive letter surfaced which put FIFA's general secretary at the centre of the scandal

SAFA president Molefi Oliphant's letter instructs Valcke to pay the $10m to CONCACAF and further that former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner should implement the Diaspora Legacy Programme.

6. Warner's sons to lift the lid?

Two of Jack Warner's sons, one who is widely believed to have received the briefcase bribe from Co-Conspirator #15, are assisting the FBI in the investigation.

7. Jordaan knew about the payment but denied it was a bribe

Conflicting earlier statements from Fikile Mbalula, SAFA president said: “I haven’t paid a bribe or taken a bribe from anybody in my life. We don’t know who is mentioned there (in the indictment)".

8. Mbalula's second press conference

See what happened at the second press conference held by Fikile Mbalula.

9. Chuck Blazer admits to 2010 SWC bribe

Ailing former FIFA official Chuck Blazer admitted that he and others accepted bribes before the votes that gave the 2010 World Cup to South Africa, according to US court documents.

10. Hawks to investigate the matter

The Hawks are looking into allegations that the SAFA was involved in the Fifa bribery scandal, but denied a formal probe had been started.

Bonus 11th article: The Simpsons predicted Jack Warner's arrest! Watch it here!

- Sport24


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