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Safa suspends officials for taking bribes

The South African Football Association (Safa) suspended three match officials for allegedly asking for a bribe during a local league match.

The incident happened on 11 May, during the Safa Vhembe League match between Vuwani United Sports Academy and Masakona Real Citizens.

The officials, identified as referee Percy Murei and assistant referees Rivhathihi Malima and Vhuhwavho Mathuli, are accused of approaching the owner of Masakona Real Citizens, offering to influence the game’s outcome in exchange for a R1,800 bribe, FarPost reported.

The owner reported the incident to Safa, who immediately suspended the three officials pending a disciplinary hearing, the date of which is yet to be determined.

In letters sent to the accused, Safa Vhembe regional secretary Sam Matodzi emphasised the organisation’s commitment to maintaining the integrity of the sport, stating, “Safa Vhembe stands for integrity in soccer, and our clubs should have confidence in the way the league is run.

“Having clean league competition is our greatest asset. Our soccer matches should not be decided on the gambling market but on the soccer fields. We tackle match-fixing, unethical conduct, and any corrupt activity head-on by imposing a zero-tolerance policy.”

Pictured above: Safa House.

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