South Africa wants FIFA to retract accusations of bribery

FILE - This is a Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 file photo of the FIFA logo pictured at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA provisionally banned President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini for 90 days. While acknowledging for the first time that votes were bought in past World Cup hosting contests, FIFA is seeking to claim "tens of millions of dollars" in bribe money seized by U.S. federal prosecutors. FIFA submitted a 22-page claim to the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York on Tuesday March 15, 2016 that seeks a big share in restitution from more than $190 million already forfeited by soccer and marketing officials who pleaded guilty in the sprawling corruption case. (Dominic Steinmann/Keystone via AP)
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CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) South Africa's sports minister says FIFA should retract its statement that a bribe was paid when the country won the right to host the 2010 World Cup.

In a restitution claim lodged in the United States, FIFA highlighted a $10 million payment from the South African Football Association as a bribe. The money was routed through the governing body to a bank account controlled by disgraced CONCACAF President Jack Warner.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula reiterated the South African government's position that the money was meant for an ''Africa Diaspora program'' in the Caribbean.

He also claimed the FBI indictment and criminal investigations were ''littered with explosive contradictions.''