Incriminating SAFA letter blows lid on FIFA story

Sepp Blatter's resignation followed 24 hours of rapidly changing stories related to payments totaling $10 million to accounts controlled by disgraced former Concacaf president and FIFA vice president Jack Warner from FIFA that Federal authorities believe were kickbacks from the South African government  government for the support of Concacaf's three representatives on the FIFA executive committee to South Africa's 2010 World Cup bid.

FIFA denied a report in the New York Times that FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke had anything to do with the payments but on Tuesday a letter surfaced from the then-South African Football Association president Molefi Oliphant in March 2008 to Valcke, asking that $10 million for the African diaspora in the Caribbean be deducted from FIFA payments to the South African organizing committee and redirected to Warner. Oliphant's reason for parting with the $10 million was that the South African had paid the organizing committee $10 million -- now viewed as a coverup for its agreement to pay Warner $10  million.

On top of that, two payments had already been made by the time the Oliphant letter was sent.

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