SAFA: FIFA to look at World Cup warmup fix claims

The South African Football Association says FIFA will move

quickly to investigate allegations that international friendlies

here were fixed in the buildup to the 2010 World Cup.

One of the suspicious games is believed to be the official

opening of Soccer City, South Africa’s landmark new stadium and the

venue for the World Cup final.

The South African Football Association says the agreement for

FIFA to probe the allegations urgently came Tuesday following

”heightened media interest in the past 48 hours.”

SAFA says FIFA head of security Chris Eaton – who is leading the

world body’s fight against match-fixing – would also visit South

Africa in early March.