JOHANNESBURG-- In a world first, FIFA been stripped of all its South African trademarks and ordered to hand over documents that could expose corruption and major bribes relating to the government and SA Football Association (SAFA).

The North Gauteng High Court has issued an attachment order in favour of the former SAFA CEO Leslie Sedibe who received a five-year ban imposed by global football's governing body which found him guilty of unethical behaviour following a high-level probe into match fixing in three friendly fixtures ahead of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Sedibe who said FIFA's probe was a kangaroo court, launched the successful court application requiring FIFA to review his conviction. As a result, FIFA will need to secure Sedibe's permission to conduct business in South Africa.

FIFA has been given 30 days to file its intention to oppose the application.

South Africa has had a turbulant relationship with FIFA.

After a bitterly contested campaign to host the 2006 FIFA World Cup which was won by Germany, FIFA moved quickly to appease the 2006 bid runners-up.

This was after South Africa threatened to take legal action to overturn the disputed poll.

It was announced that the event would rotate among the football confederations, starting with Africa.

After a second successful campaign, South Africa secured the rights to host the quadrennial showpiece of international football.

The event was a massive success with FIFA securing massive profits.


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