Fifa released the following statement on Sunday, which came to the attention of South African football authorities due to their concern over the legality of the 2010 World Cup hosting bid.
Safa and the South African government have repeatedly pleaded their innocence on how the 2010 tournament was handed to them, stating that even if any other football bodies dealt fraudulently, that this wasn’t to their knowledge.
Fifa released the following statement:
FIFA’s Request for Restitution is based on the allegations contained in the two indictments issued by the U.S. Department of Justice against 41 defendants. In its submission, FIFA is restating these allegations as the principal basis for its restitution request
Eleven defendants have pleaded guilty to the charged offenses and admitted their crimes. FIFA intends to seek restitution from these defendants for their misconduct, as well as any other defendants who are convicted.
The US indictments do not allege that South Africa “bought” the World Cup with bribes. Nor does FIFA. The US indictments, which FIFA is relying upon in its restitution request, merely accuses certain individuals of criminal behavior.