'Bribery in bidding' for South Africa World Cup: Lynch

Corrupt FIFA officials took bribes during the process that awarded the 2010 World Cup to South Africa, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch alleges (AFP Photo/)

New York (AFP) - Corrupt officials at world soccer's governing body FIFA took bribes during the process that awarded the 2010 World Cup to South Africa, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch alleged Wednesday.

"Around 2004, bidding began for the opportunity to host the 2010 World Cup, which was ultimately awarded to South Africa, the first time the tournament would be held on the African continent," she told a news conference.

"But even for this historic event, FIFA executives and others corrupted the process by using bribes to influence the hosting decision."