South Africa has repeated its denial of allegations that a payment of $10 million to former FIFA vice president Jack Warner was a bribe to facilitate its successful bid for the 2010 World Cup. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (No reporter narration) STORY: South Africa's Sports Minister has again denied that a payment of $10 million to former FIFA vice president Jack Warner during their successful bid for the 2010 World Cup was a bribe. Minister Fikile Mbalula on Wednesday (June 3) told a news conference that neither South Africa's government nor the 2010 World Cup bid and organizing committee bought votes for the right to host the finals. "The South African government and the Local Organizing Committee has not paid any bribe to anyone to secure the rights to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup," Mbalula said. "We will approach the United States authorities through the diplomatic channels to share with us the indictment and any information that they have to enable us to study the facts carefully and to take appropriate action". "And we further called upon all to decease from commenting about the matter and to afford the national government the opportunity to address the matter through diplomatic channels as well as calling upon all those who have any information on the matter to come forward and share the same with us," Mbalula said.