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Valcke reaffirms his side is clean

By Charl Bosch - Jun 10, 2015
Valcke reaffirms his side is clean

FIFA Secretary General, Jerome Valcke, has denied any involvement in the paying of $10-million from the South African Football Association (SAFA), to the Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACF) to ensure the country’s hosting of the 2010 World Cup.

Addressing the media at a press conference in the Russian town of Samara for the first time since the scandal broke, Valcke stated that FIFA had nothing to do with the payment to former CONCACF boss, Jack Warner, and that the request to pay the money was made by “South African authorities and SAFA”.

“I don't understand what's the problem and why I am such a target in this question. I am signing contracts every day ... everything has the signature of the secretary general,” he said.

“[However] it's not because I am signing everything that I am responsible for the way people are acting all around the world. I don't have to justify myself”.

His comment follows the leaking of a 2008 letter on social media last week, in which former SAFA President, Molefi Oliphant, instructs that a portion of the amount be paid through Warner to CONCACF as part of the Africa Diaspora Legacy Programme to further football development in the Caribbean.

Oliphant has however accused his successor and recently inaugurated Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, Danny Jordaan, of penning a letter 12 month before, which states that Valcke must pay an amount equivalent to $10-million towards the programme, after it had been deducted from the Local Organising Committee’s (LOC) operational budget.

He also stated that Jordaan failed to reveal any information about the letter and that their contents and language, when placed together, are exactly the same. Jordaan has not yet responded to the allegations. 


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