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S. Africa Police Open Soccer Corruption Case After Report

Dec. 20 (Bloomberg) -- South African police and Interpol are probing allegations of corruption related to soccer games played by the national team before the 2010 World Cup after the sport’s governing body found “compelling evidence” of match-fixing.

The investigation started two days ago, Paul Ramaloko, spokesman for South African police’s Hawks investigative unit, said by phone today. He declined to say who was the target of the investigation and what crimes were being investigated.

The South African Football Association asked its president, Kirsten Nematandani, to take a voluntary leave of absence while it probes allegations of match-fixing before the tournament, which South Africa hosted, the association said on its website on Dec. 17. Four other officials at the national group were suspended.

FIFA, the world governing body of the sport, gave evidence of match-fixing in a report, according to SAFA.

To contact the reporter on this story: Andres R. Martinez in Johannesburg at amartinez28@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Nasreen Seria at nseria@bloomberg.net

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