By the Blouin News Sports staff

South Africa admits $10m football payout

by in Soccer.

South Africa's Drogba Ndulla (L) in action against Ghana's Baba Rahman (R) during the 2015 African Cup of Nations Group C soccer match between South Afirca and Ghana at Mongomo Stadium in Mongomo on January 27, 2015. AFP Photo

South Africa’s Drogba Ndulla (L) in action against Ghana’s Baba Rahman (R) during the 2015 African Cup of Nations Group C soccer match between South Afirca and Ghana at Mongomo Stadium in Mongomo on January 27, 2015. AFP Photo

South Africa did pay $10m (£6.5m) to a football body led by Jack Warner, a figure at the centre of Fifa corruption allegations, reports the BBC.

Danny Jordaan, head of South Africa’s FA, is quoted as confirming that the amount was deducted from a Fifa payment to the country in 2008.

A subsequent letter requested that money to be sent, instead, to the Caribbean Football Union, reports say.

South African officials deny it was a bribe to secure the 2010 World Cup.

But US prosecutors insist South Africa made an illegal payment after the government promised $10m to Mr Warner – then a Fifa vice-president – in exchange for the “Rainbow Nation” becoming the first African country to host the World Cup.

Fifa chose South Africa as host ahead of Morocco.

The latest reports come with Fifa – the governing body of world football – in crisis. Senior Fifa officials face a string of bribery charges.

Its head, Sepp Blatter has not been implicated but has faced calls to stand down. He was re-elected as Fifa president on Friday.