Alviro wants to ‘clear his name’

CityPress - - Sport - Simnikiwe Xa­ban­isa

In ac­cept­ing the charges by Cricket SA (CSA) for sev­eral breaches of its an­ti­cor­rup­tion code for per­son­nel, for­mer Proteas player Alviro Petersen said he wel­comed the op­por­tu­nity to clear his name at the up­com­ing tri­bunal.

Petersen – whose charges in­clude con­triv­ing to fix matches; seek­ing to ac­cept a bribe; fail­ing to dis­close the full de­tails to the an­ti­cor­rup­tion of­fi­cial; and ob­struct­ing or de­lay­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion by con­ceal­ing, tam­per­ing or de­stroy­ing in­for­ma­tion rel­e­vant to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion – de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tions through a state­ment by his lawyers, Robin Twad­dle and As­so­ciates.

“The charges re­late to events that took place be­tween the time of Alviro’s re­port­ing his knowl­edge of the cor­rup­tion scan­dal and Gu­lam Bodi be­ing charged by the CSA,” read the state­ment.

In the doc­u­ment, Petersen claims he was only play­ing along with the peo­ple in­volved in the scan­dal “so as not to alert them to the fact that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was un­der way”.

Petersen, who at one stage was seen as a whis­tle-blower in an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that got Bodi, Thami Tsolek­ile, Ethy Mb­ha­lati, Pumelela Mat­shikwe and Jean Symes banned from the game, said he knew as early as July that he was also re­garded as a sus­pect by CSA, and said he was sur­prised be­cause he felt he had co­op­er­ated fully with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. –

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