The things they say...

‘Neither FIFA nor its President have anything to hide, nor do they wish to.’

Blatter press release, 28 January, 2003

BBC Panorama Reporter Andy Davies:

‘A one million franc bribe … is it not correct that Mr Blatter asked that it be moved to the FIFA official who was named on the payment slip?’

FIFA Director of Communications Markus Siegler:

‘If you do not stop now, then we call the security and we put you out.’

FIFA Press conference, Zurich, Tuesday, 11 April 2006

‘I am deputy chairman of the finance committee of FIFA. I oversee a budget of US$2 billion and I have never seen one iota of corruption.’

Jack Warner, Trinidad Express 12 December 2004

‘Lying and deception and bad faith are standard operating procedure at FIFA.’

Adam C. Silverstein, a lawyer for MasterCard in their successful action against FIFA, New York, December 1, 2006

‘I do not believe a Jew can ever be a referee at that level (Argentine Premier League) because it’s hard work and, you know, Jews don’t like hard work.’

FIFA senior vice-president and chair of Finance Committee, Julio Grondona, 5 July 2003. Buenos Aires

‘FIFA is a healthy, clean and transparent organisation with nothing to hide. There is huge public interest in FIFA, therefore we have to be as transparent as possible. We will try to communicate in a more open way so the world can believe us and be proud of their federation.’

FIFA General Secretary Urs Linsi, January 2003, on


Hands Off Belize Football!



If you think the banning of Belize is unfair . . .


You can email FIFA deputy general secretary Markus Kattner who assisted the FIFA emergency committee ban Belize – and his boss Jérôme Valcke – and tell them what you think.


Markus Kattner


Jérôme Valcke


And you can join the campaign here . . .

Facebook logo  Become a Friend of the Belize campaign


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How to protest

And . . . if you think Bertie Chimilio has brought Belize football into disrepute – you can report him to FIFA’s Ethics Committee – and please copy your email to Jérôme Valcke.


And . . . if you think the members of the Emergency Committee have behaved badly in banning Belize – you could complain about them to the Ethics Committee – and copy your email to Jérôme Valcke.


Some members of FIFA’s Ethics Committee:


Chairman: Claudio Sulser


Juan Pedro Damiani


Burton K. Haimes


Robert Torres


Dominique Rocheteau


Petrus Damaseb


Les Murray