The terrible tragedy of the earthquake in Nepal has been swept off the front pages and news leads by the bribery scandal and arrests at FIFA. But they should be linked because it is the blood and suffering of many Nepalese workers that is a major cause of soccer now being seen as the ugly game.
“To tell you the truth… we were bribed to host the world cup… we are the victims here.”
South Africa confirmed on Wednesday it had given $10 million meant to help pay for the 2010 World Cup to a soccer official indicted last week in the United States, but said the payment was not a bribe as U.S. prosecutors allege.
In light of our government’s alleged involvement in the global FIFA corruption scam, controversial sports minister and avid ‘Tweeter’ Fikile Mbalula had a few things to say… of course.
You may or may not know about the Fifa raids that have been taking place worldwide, with officials arrested for corruption, accepting bribes and the like… well, South Africa has been named in the scandal too.
With the world’s eyes on Brazil during the next month, we take a tour of some of the World Cup host cities and their many attractions