South Africa: No proof of fixing in rugby
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The South African Rugby Union says an investigation has found no evidence to support a referee’s allegations of attempted match-fixing in lower-level games.
Josef Baadjies alleged that the head of the Boland Rugby Union in southwestern South Africa had tried to influence referees to fix the outcome of five regional league games.
SARU appointed attorney Kevin Kiewitz to investigate the claims last month. After interviewing referees and officials, Kiewitz concluded in his report that that “there is no real substantiation for the allegations” and “match-fixing cannot be proved.”
SARU chief executive Jurie Roux says the allegations and investigation were the first relating to suspected match-fixing in South African rugby. Roux says Monday that even though no proof was found, “that does not mean that we are indifferent to the threat.”