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Fifa bans several Safa officials involved in match-fixing during 2010 friendlies

Fifa's independent ethics committee has confirmed that a number of people have been banned from football for match-fixing in 2010, prior to the World Cup.

Among those barred from the game is former South African Football Association (Safa) CEO Leslie Sedibe, who has been fined 20 000 Swiss francs (R 311 453) and banned for at least five years.

EWN Sport's Jean Smyth explained that the friendly matches had been under investigation for a number of years.

According to Smyth, Sedibe, Steve Goddard and Adeel Carelse have been found guilty under three articles, following the banning of former Safa colleague Lindile "Ace" Kika.

This all centres on the company Football4U that, at the time, essentially arranged referees that would officiate the games favourably.

Jean Smyth, EWN sports editor

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