EXCLUSIVE: FIFA okays Jordaan’s dual role
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News)– FIFA, the international football governing body, has endorsed the move by South African Football Association (SAFA) President, Dr Danny Jordaan, to assume a role in politics while still at the helm of the association.
Debate has been raging regarding Jordan’s dual-role and suitability as President of SAFA and African National Congress Mayoral candidate for Port Elizabeth.
There have also been calls for the SAFA executive to resign following his appointment by the ruling party.
However, FIFA believes Jordaan can retain his SAFA role provided some ethics are adhered to.
“For the moment, we have not been informed about the issue you mention,” said a FIFA spokesperson from, Zurich Switzerland.
He nonetheless insisted FIFA did not find anything wrong with Jordaan assuming political office and continuing in his SAFA job.
“Generally speaking, we do not see an issue as long as the conflict of interest rules of the Ethics Code are respected,” he said.
FIFA’s comments follow a letter the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) wrote to FIFA Secretary-General, Jerome Valcke, requesting the soccer governing body to provide clarity on the matter.
Solly Malatsi, the DA Shadow Minister of Sports and Recreation, confirmed receiving the clarification from FIFA.
“Basically, FIFA do raise misgivings of a potential conflict of interest but that the appointment is not, in and of itself, invalid as far as FIFA is concerned,” Malatsi said.
– CAJ News
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