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. The investigation, initiated on November 2014, against (former) football officials of the South African Football Association (SAFA) were conducted by Dr Cornel Borbély, chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, in collaboration with the FIFA Security Division.
They relate to the proceedings against Lindile Kika which were decided in October 2015. Kika was banned from all football-related activities for six years by the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee. 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. All bans come into force immediately. Meanwhile, SAFA has welcomed the sanctions imposed on these former football officials regarding the international friendly matches played by Bafana Bafana ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Chairperson of the SAFA Ethics Committee Poobalan Govindasamy says: ‘We are glad this matter has ultimately reached this stage since SAFA reported the matter to FIFA almost four years ago. It had dragged on too long for our liking and was starting to have an impact on us as an Association and our valued stakeholders. At SAFA we have a zero-tolerance policy for any corrupt activity which impacts negatively on this beautiful game and for that reason we welcome strong measures against any individual who is found guilty of such offenses. This should serve as a warning to anyone harbouring intentions of engaging in nefarious activities within the sport that the long arm of the law will catch up with them. Be warned.’
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