An explosive letter has further exposed FIFA in the allegation that South Africa paid a $10million bribe to secure hosting right for the 2010 world cup.
The letter showed that the world football’s body’s secretary General, Jerome Valcke, was the “high ranking official” who signed off the $10million payment to former Vice President, Jack Warner.
In a email sent on Tuesday morning, FIFA claimed that deceased Julio Grondona, the former finance chief of the organisation and a long-time ally of president Sepp Blatter, was the person who authorised the payment that is at the heart of the bribery scandal.
But an hour later, the letter from the South African Football Association appeared to blow apart those claims.
The payment is at the heart of the FIFA bribery scandal – a US justice department indictment of 18 people on corruption charges says the money was paid to Warner and his deputy Chuck Blazer in return for them voting for the 2010 World Cup to be played in South Africa.