FIFA : Six-year ban and Sf10,000 fine for Kirsten Nematandani in Fifa probe

FIFA : Six-year ban and Sf10,000 fine for Kirsten Nematandani in Fifa probe

FORMER South African Football Association (Safa) president Kirsten Nematandani faces at least a six-year ban from football and a Sf10,000 (R140,000) fine after being found to have contravened Fifa’s code of ethics over the alleged fixing of matches in the build-up to the 2010 World Cup.

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Fifa investigators proposed on Wednesday at least a six-year ban and a fine of at least 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,393) for Kirsten Nematandani, former president of the SA Football Association (Safa), for alleged ethics violations.

The investigators said in a statement on Wednesday they also recommended lifelong bans for former Zimbabwe Football Association executive Jonathan Musavengana and former Togo coach Banna Tchanile for alleged bribery and corruption violations.

The investigation arose in relation to the trio’s conduct in organising international friendly matches in South Africa in 2010. The investigatory chamber of the global soccer body’s Ethics Committee now passes its findings to the panel’s adjudicatory chamber

The ethics committee also recommended life bans for the Zimbabwe Football Association’s (Zifa’s) former head, Jonathan Musavengana, and the former coach of the national team of Togo, Bana Tchanile‚ .

The deputy chairman of the investigatory chamber of the independent ethics committee‚ Djimbaraye Bourngar, from Chad, led the investigation into the conduct of the trio.

The investigations follow the alleged manipulation of pre-World Cup qualifiers in SA by convicted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal through his company Football4U.

Perumal entered into an agreement with Safa‚ of which Nematandani was president at the time‚ to provide referees for warm-up matches against Bulgaria‚ Colombia‚ Guatemala and Denmark.

Perumal had admitted on his own memoir‚ Kelong Kings‚ that some of these games were manipulated by match officials he had paid in order to favour Asian betting syndicates.

No exact details have yet been given by Fifa of what Nematandani stands accused.