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Modest Fedor explains how he won it
for South Africa . . . finally

 

 

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Andreas . . . I didn’t need Fedor’s help to win that contract

 

 

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Influential Hargitay? Talked the talk – but never was

 

 

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Frank Lowy: Has he been fooled by the foreign ‘consultants’?

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 fifa.com


 

Billionaire Lowy hires another Bagman

 

The Happy Couple still found time to earn on the side. Maybe it was a way of saying sorry. Fedor and Andreas went to work for the South African bid to stage this year’s World Cup. Although one rival bid spread a lot of money around it didn’t win and the Munich Boys were present at the announcement of the result in Zurich in June 2004.

 

The following year it was the turn of the Financial Times to take an interest in their endeavours. Under the headline ‘Award among friends’ it revealed that the German government had held a competition to select an agency to create a campaign to encourage Germans to be friendly to foreign football fans. The budget was three million Euros and Immaculate Andreas had won! What made lots of folks unhappy was that among the members of the jury that were so enthused by the Andreas Abold presentation were . . . Fedor and Michaela Radmann.

 

The German trade associations for public relations agencies complained to the Federal Cartel Office but Andreas kept his contract.

 

Value for Money

 

Australian taxpayers – and their Government which channels their money to Andreas Abold, Fedor Radmann and of course the Swiss-Hungarian conman Peter Hargitay - should wonder if they are getting value for money. There’s no doubt that Abold employs a talented team of graphic designers and his bid book will be up to standard.

 

The other two hustlers? Who on earth was ever influenced by Peter Hargitay apart from the Swiss businessman who loaned him US$2 million and has been chasing him for years to get it back. Hargitay performed a few dark things for FIFA president Sepp Blatter and then was shown the door. After being kicked out by the English FA he won’t be expecting to swing FIFA vice-president Geoff Thompson’s vote behind Lowy. And now Bin Hammam’s people, gearing up for war with Blatter, have told Hargitay not to bother them again. Jack Warner knows what he wants and intends to get it. Better leave that twisting in the twilight.

 

It’s risible to think that Blatter, Jack Warner, Mohammed Bin Hammam or any of the other 21 members of FIFA’s Executive Board could be influenced by Hargitay for a nanosecond. These men with their continental powerbases have their own longterm agendas and relationships, developed over the decades. They will, as they always have, make their own deals with each other without suffering the cloying sleeve-tugging of Johnny-come-lately Hargitay who only appeared on the FIFA scene in late 2002.

 

Two Financial Disasters

 

Funny Fedor is close to Beckenbauer who is unlikely to go out on a limb for Australia or anybody else if it would upset UEFA unanimity. The Berchtesgaden Bagman talks the talk but he will have been aware months ago that the fans would not travel to South Africa, may not travel to Brazil and that after two financial disasters FIFA will exclaim for 2018 and 2022  ‘Show us the money’ and England or Spain and then the USA will oblige, cheaply, efficiently and profitably. There’s some members of the executive committee who will trouser bribes. They don’t give receipts and how they vote will not be influenced.

 

Radmann may whisper in Frank Lowy’s ear that he ‘won it’ for Germany but he didn’t. Charlie Dempsey's walk-out was a desperate last gambit in a neck and neck race that could never be repeated. Although the personable Elias Zaccour is still around, he’s very old and unlikely to make calls for free. Even if he did agree to ‘consult’ to Frank Lowy on how to develop shopping malls, the Westfield man wouldn’t stoop to Leo’s depths. We can be sure of that.