The list of FIFA officials, current and former, to be suspended by the world governing body’s ethics committee just got longer after former South African Football Association official Lindile Kika was suspended from all football activities.

Kika has received the longest of bans compared to all other officials so far, being banned for a lengthy six-year period, suspected to be on charges of match-fixing in several friendlies involving South Africa in 2010.

“The adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, has banned Lindile Kika, a former official of the South African Football Association (SAFA), from all football-related activities at national and international level for six years. The ban is effective immediately. The proceedings against Lindile Kika were opened in November 2014 in relation to several international friendly matches played in South Africa in 2010. The investigation was led by the chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, Dr Cornel Borbély, in collaboration with the FIFA Security Division,” FIFA said in a press release on its website.

Officials in football’s world governing body have come under increasing scrutiny after seven of its officials were arrested by Swiss authorities in May on various charges of corruption. Just earlier this week, Thailand FA president Worawi Makudi was suspended by the disciplinary committee for 90 days for his conduct during the bidding process of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Earlier this month, FIFA president Sepp Blatter himself was suspended for signing a TV rights deal with former FIFA official Jack Warner’s company that lead to a considerable financial loss for FIFA. He is also alleged to have made a disloyalty payment of €2 million to UEFA president Michel Platini ahead of the 2011 presidential elections, leading to suspicion that it was a bribe given to the latter to not stand in the elections. Platini himself has been suspended for 90 days for receiving the money.

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