A South African Football Association spokesman has described as “baseless and untested” allegations that South Africa promised a $10 million bribe to a former FIFA vice president to win its 2010 World Cup .
“We are disappointed at the allegations … they are baseless and untested and we request proof from anyone who has evidence to the contrary to come forward,” said SAFA director of communications Dominic Chimhavi.
“Our bid campaign … was run, by among others, late president Nelson Mandela and former president Thabo Mbeki and several government ministers, who are men of integrity,” Chimhavi said.
At a press conference in New York on Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the former FIFA vice president, Jack Warner, solicited $10 million in bribes from the South African government to host the 2010 World Cup, Reuters reports.
Warner in his defense issued a statement saying he is innocent of any charges.