South Africa FA bans 15 officials for breaking Fifa rules

South Africa's Danny Jordaan
Danny Jordaan of South Africa

The South African Football Association (Safa) has banned 15 officials for life for trying to take the national association to court in violation of Fifa rules.

Safa's decision relates to grievances from officials from the central Free State province over the election of Danny Jordaan as Safa president in September.

The governing body says the officials should have resolved their grievances over voting procedures through Safa and its "mechanisms and structures".

Describing the officials as "malcontents,'' Safa announced that they were expelled from all football activities.

Safa said the expelled officials were from three local associations, while members from a fourth were cleared of wrongdoing after "distancing themselves'' from any court actions relating to the governing body.

Jordaan, the 2010 World Cup's head organizer, was elected to lead Safa on 28 September.

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