Photo of General Jorge Videla congratulating the Argentine football team

Flashback to 1979:  Dictator Videla congratulates Argentina’s team after they won the Under-20 World Cup in Japan. The young Maradona holds the trophy. Centre, rear, the man in the big suit with the big head is Julio Grondona

Image of a page from the Argentinian newspaper La Nacion

La Nacion

Photo of General Jorge Videla and FIFA boss Grondona

Julio Grondona, right, smirking, sucks up to dictator Videla

Photo of General Jorge Videla

Mass-murderer Videla congratulates the victorious 1978 Argentine team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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


 

 

 

FIFA boss Grondona & his Serial Murderer

 

 

 

Here’s one of FIFA’s top officials giving smiling support to General Jorge Videla and the military junta in Argentina.

Current senior FIFA vice-president ‘Don’ Julio Grondona became president of the Argentine FA in 1979 and has never been ousted.

 

Apart from the massive list of murder and torture victims, Videla’s thugs specialised in stealing babies born to women in custody and giving them to childless supporters of the junta. In 1978 Havelange and Blatter ignored las madres de la Plaza de Mayo, mothers who gathered in Buenos Aires every day to mourn their disappeared sons who had been arrested and shot in custody – or thrown from aircraft flying over the estuary of the River Plate.

 

Sports leaders tell us we must keep politics out of sport – but dictators and murderers seem OK to them.

 

 

 

Thanks to Ezequiel Fernandez Moores for these pictures