South Africa has denied that it paid a $10 million FIFA as a bribe to ensure hosting rights for the 2010 World Cup, in the latest development resulting from a corruption probe targeting world football’s leading lobby.
US Federal and Swiss authorities are conducting two separate investigations into the alleged rampant decades long corruption within the body in an investigation that has led to the arrests of several top FIFA and sports marketing officials.
The US Justice Department states that FIFA executives and sports marketers conspired together to solicit $150 million in bribes over the course of 24 years.
The latest accusation in the probe, which Swiss prosecutors have said even FIFA’s five-term President Sepp Blatter may be questioned for his involvement in "in the future if needed," saw the South African football authority deny the payment of any form of bribes to win the right to host the World Cup in 2010.
"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]," Danny Jordan, head of the South African Football Association, told the Independent on Sunday.
"How could we have paid a bribe for votes four years after we had won the bid?" Jordan said, stating that the $10 million payment in question was to cover fees for its placement in FIFA’s Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) branch.
Jack Warner, current FIFA Vice President and head of CONCACAF at the time, lashed out at US officials by stating that the corruption probe "stems from a lost [American] bid to host the 2022 World Cup."