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FOUR peo­ple have taken the fall so far in the Safa match-fix­ing scan­dal, but Steve Goddard claims there are more top of­fi­cials with a lot to an­swer for, in­clud­ing for­mer Bafana Bafana tech­ni­cal team mem­bers.

Fifa s ethics com­mit­tee last Sun­day banned for­mer ref­eree heads Goddard and Adeel Carelse for two years, and ex-Safa CEO Les­lie Sed­ibe for five years. The trio was banned for in­fring­ing gen­eral rules of con­duct, loy­alty and duty of dis­clo­sure co­op­er­a­tion and re­port­ing re­lat­ing to match-fix­ing of In­ter­na­tional friendly matches played in South Africa in 2010

Of­fi­cial Lindile Ace Kika was banned for six years last Oc­to­ber re­lat­ing to the same charges.

Goddard be­lieves he fol­lowed proper chan­nels when he be­came aware that match-fix­ing was afoot, alert­ing cur­rent Safa CEO and then Bafana team man­ager Den­nis Mum­ble, and then-pres­i­dent Kirsten Ne­matan­dani, .

He said he brought con­cerns to Ne­matan­dani on the du­bi­ous na­ture of Foot­bal­l4U, the front com­pany of now-con­victed Sin­ga­porean match fixer Wil­son Raj Peru­mal, which Safa had signed up to ar­range friendly matches and ref­er­ees. He said th­ese were not fol­lowed up.

Goddard al­leged some mem­bers of the Bafana tech­ni­cal team had di­rect con­tact with Foot­bal­l4U be­fore the matches.

Asked if he could re­spond to this al­le­ga­tion given he was part of the tech­ni­cal team, Mum­ble said he would not com­ment on any as­pect of match-fix­ing, re­fer­ring Sun­day World to Safa head of ethics Poobalan Govin­dasamy, who nei­ther an­swered his cell­phone nor re­turned a text mes­sage to him.

If Goddard s al­le­ga­tions that the Bafana tech­ni­cal staff had di­rect con­tact with Foot­bal­l4U seem far­fetched, they ap­pear to be backed up by an as­ser­tion by Carelse that em­ploy­ees of the com­pany sat in a pre-match meet­ing ahead of an SA un­der-23 friendly match against Egypt in Jan­uary 2011.

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