'Compelling evidence' that exhibitions fixed

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A FIFA report into match-fixing in the weeks before the 2010 World Cup has found "compelling evidence" that one or more exhibition games involving host South Africa were fixed ahead.

The South African Football Association conceded Saturday that it had been "infiltrated" two years ago by now-convicted match-fixer Wilson Perumal and his "bogus" company Football4U, which was a front for Asian betting syndicates.

No players have been implicated in fixing matches. Referees appointed by Perumal's Football4U were thought to have manipulated one or more of South Africa's exhibitions for betting markets. Perumal could have been aided by some South African officials, SAFA said.