Tokyo Sexwale questioned by U.S. grand jury

Tuesday December 22nd, 2015

Tokyo Sexwale was questioned by a U.S. grand jury regarding an alleged $10 million World Cup bribe, the BBC reported Monday.

The South Africa native, who is a candidate to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president in a Feb. 26 election, appeared before a grand jury as a witness on Thursday, at the request of the FBI. 

The questioning was related to an ongoing investigation into what is suspected to be a corrupt $10 million payment between South Africa and former FIFA vice president Jack Warner, concerning the country’s bid to host the 2010 World Cup.

Sexwale was a member of the bid board that lobbied for South Africa’s right to host the event.

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Sexwale, 62, is one of five candidates running in an upcoming election to replace FIFA president Sepp Blatter. Blatter, along with FIFA executive Michel Platini, were banned Monday by the FIFA ethics committee from all activities relating to world soccer for eight years.

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