Former South Africa assistant coach sent to prison
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The former assistant coach of South Africa was sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday in what prosecutors called the country's first successful case against match-fixing.
Phil Setshedi was sentenced after he offered a man he thought was a referee 2,000 rand ($220) to fix the outcome of a lower league promotion playoff in 2011. The man posing as the referee at the meeting in Cape Town was an undercover police officer.
South Africa's National Prosecuting Agency said Setshedi received three years in prison with another five years suspended after he was found guilty of corruption in a special commercial crimes court in December. The NPA also said it was South Africa's first conviction and sentencing for match-fixing in football.
At least one game involving South Africa in the buildup to the 2010 World Cup — which the country hosted — is also under suspicion for match-fixing, although that has no connection to the Setshedi case.
As well as the Setshedi case, the South African Football Association was also set for an uncomfortable investigation at the highest levels of the sport after a report from world body FIFA indicated the 2010 World Cup warmup could have been fixed.
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