South Africa bans 15 football officials for life

The South African Football Association has banned 15 officials

for life for trying to take the national association to court in

violation of FIFA rules.

SAFA says the officials from the central Free State province

should have resolved their grievances over voting procedures in the

run-up to the election of Danny Jordaan as SAFA president in

September through the football body and its ”mechanisms and


Describing the officials as ”malcontents,” SAFA announced that

they were expelled from all football activities. SAFA said the

expelled officials were from three local associations, while

members from a fourth were cleared of wrongdoing after ”distancing

themselves” from any court actions relating to SAFA.

Jordaan, the 2010 World Cup’s head organizer, was elected to

lead SAFA on Sept. 28.