Three South African football officials have been banned by world soccer ruling body, FIFA, in relation to match fixing ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which was hosted in South Africa.
In a statement released by FIFA on Monday, the adjudicatory chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert banned Leslie Sedibe, Adeel Carelse and Steve Goddard from football activities. Sedibe was fined to the tune of CHF 20, 000 while Carelse and Goddard have been banned for two years.
The statement read as follows: “The adjudicatory chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert has banned several officials from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level.
“Three cases were decided concerning international friendly matches played in South Africa in 2010. “In this regard, the adjudicatory chamber decided that the former official Leslie Sedibe had infringed art. 13 (General rules of conduct), art. 15 (Loyalty), and art. 18 (Duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting) of the FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE) and imposed a ban on him from taking part in any football-related activities for five years and a fine of CHF 20, 000.
“Furthermore, the former officials Steve Goddard and Adeel Carelse were both also found guilty of violating articles 13, 15 and 18 of the FCE and each received a ban of two years,” the statement concluded.