THE South African Football Association (SAFA) has been informed by the Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation (The Hawks) that they have arrested a member of the SAFA Panel of Referees.
SAFA is pleased with the arrest of the match official who cannot be named until he appears in court.
The Association suspended him after it was discovered during the trial of Philemon Setshedi that he was implicated as one of the persons allegedly involved in an attempt to manipulate the outcome of a match during the 2011 2 nd Division Play-offs, which took place in Cape Town.
Mr. Setshedi was sentenced in February 2013 to eight years (five years suspended) for his role in the matter and is currently serving his sentence.
“The arrest of the match official is an outcome of ongoing collaboration betweenSAFA and the Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation (The Hawks) which is aimed at pursuing all other persons of interest in the said case. We would like to reiterate that we will leave no stone unturned until all the implicated persons are brought to book,” said SAFA CEO Dennis Mumble.
SAFA and the Hawks are continuing with investigations into other suspected illegal and corrupt activities in football.
“In the interest of protecting the integrity of such investigations, we will not elease any further details at this stage. We do however commit to act swiftly, effectively and without fear or favour should we receive evidence of wrongdoing,” concluded Mumble.