South African Police Investigating World Cup Bribes

South African authorities have opened a "preliminary" investigation into World Cup bribery allegations, and opposition lawmaker Anton Alberts of the Freedom Front Plus said the information his party received claimed a previous investigation into "irregular" payments around the World Cup bid was stopped by "high-level interference."
The South African investigation comes after the U.S. Department of Justice last week indicted 14 people on corruption charges related to soccer.
In a separate investigation, Swiss authorities are looking into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process.
The crisis, the worst in FIFA's 111-year history, has led to the resignation of President Sepp Blatter, who had won a fifth, four-year term two days after the arrests. The 79-year-old Blatter has not yet been officially implicated in either investigation.opposition member of parliament.



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