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Birds' coach accuses United of bribery

By unknown | May 08, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Moroka Swallows coach Gavin Hunt has submitted a sworn affidavit to both the police and the Birds' management following an allegation of bribery against Maritzburg United.

It is understood that United, who are relegated from the elite league, tried to bribe one of Swallows' senior players to throw their Castle Premiership game against the coastal side at Germiston Stadium recently.

Hunt confirmed that an official from Maritzburg United approached one of his players before their league game in Germiston.

"I wrote an affidavit at the Johannesburg Police Station and I handed another copy to Moroka Swallows' management," said Hunt.

The Birds coach declined to reveal the name of the player in question and the official from United yesterday.

"I can't mention the player's name because that can jeopardise his performance."

Hunt made it clear that if United are denying the allegations, "the truth will come out".

United's managing director Farouk Kadodia said they knew nothing about the allegations.

"We read it in newspapers and those who are accusing us of bribery must prove it. We don't even know the player they are referring to. We want to know the official who wanted to bribe the Swallows player and we're waiting for Swallows to issue a statement to that regard.

"We're amazed that Hunt can come up with such allegations and we're waiting for him to prove it," said Kadodia.

He added that the same allegations were levelled against his club last season, and he was not worried by the recent claims.

PSL chief executive Trevor Phillips said he had not received the affidavit from Swallows yet.

"I can't comment about the matter at the moment until I receive the affidavit from Swallows. As soon as I get it then we'll see what line of action to take."


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