The FIFA World Cup in South Africa has finished but new problems are now emerging in the host nation.

Allegations of match fixing in the national league are now the subject of a major enquiry by the South African Football Association.

Operation Dribble was instituted after match fixing allegations surfaced in South African football and the South African Football Association set out to trap corrupt match officials.

Peter Mabuza, a former FIFA referee claimed he had received death threats after reporting alleged corrupt practices by fellow referees. His testimony, he claims, has put his life at risk.

He testified that after he informed Mubarak Mahomed, the former chairperson of the SAFA Referees’ Committee, about improper approaches from Mabopane Young Masters and Bloemfontein Young Tigers, things turned nasty.

Both Masters and Tigers had been playing in the First Division at the time.

“I was threatened with death by most of the referees soon after reporting all these cases. They said I was selling them out and most of the referees were corrupt at the time. The other referees even started calling me Scorpions,” Mabuza alleged.

The rights and wrongs of the situation can be debated at length but the basic accusation is that there is corruption among the referees in the top South African League.

Corruption is no stranger to football.

Two years ago there was a major scandal in Germany connected to a Croatian betting ring and a year later another betting scandal emerged

This scandal involved about 200 European matches and included huge sums of money being placed with bookmakers on matches in at least nine European Leagues and including matches in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.

In 2006, Italy was engulfed in the Calciopoli scandal which saw Juventus relegated to Serie B and stripped of the 2005 and 2006 Serie A titles.

Other top Italian teams such as Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio and Reggina were also punished for their part in the match fixing. 

China has recently had a major corruption scandal involving referees, clubs and administrative officials while allegations of corruption are regularly made in Asia, Africa and South America.

In my mind there is a simple solution to the problem.

Anyone found guilty of corrupt practice, be it a coach, administrator or referee, must be banned for life.

Once corrupt – always corrupt.

Football will manage to survive without these people.

They are parasites who try to destroy the beautiful game!

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