FIFA bans South African official for six years over match fixing

The ethics committee for football’s world governing physique FIFA has banned South African official Lindile Kika from all footballing activity for six years.

“The proceedings against Lindile Kika had been opened in November 2014 in relation to various international friendly matches played in South Africa in 2010,” FIFA’s ethics committee said in a statement on Wednesday.

Kika, an ex-member in the executive committee from the football association in South Africa, was involved in reports about Singapore-based convicted match fixer Wilson Perumal and his Football 4U organization linking up with officials in South Africa to fix matches prior to the country held the 2010 World Cup.

FIFA identified the results of warm-up matches against Thailand, Bulgaria, Colombia and Guatemala had been fixed by the South African official.

“The investigation was led by the chairman of your investigatory chamber with the ethics committee, Dr Cornel Borbely, in collaboration with the FIFA security division,” the statement continued.

FIFA judge Hans-Joachim Eckert found Kika guilty of breaching 5 sections on the ethics code, which have been detailed within the statement. “The choice was taken around the basis of art. 13 (Basic rules of conduct), art. 15 (Loyalty), art. 18 (Duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting), art. 19 (Conflicts of interest) and art. 22 (Commission) of your FIFA Code of Ethics.”

This comes just two days after Worawi Makudi, the head on the Thai Football Association, was handed a short-term ban.