Photo of FIFA Executive Committee member Amos Adamu

FIFA boss Amos Adamu: Questions to answer

Photocopy image of Adamu's Statement of Claim in a law suite against the Guardian Newspaper

Adamu demands £millions

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Crusading reporter: Olukayode  ‘Kay’ Thomas

Photocopy image of Gimba letter to Adua

Complaint that ended Adamu’s career

Photo of Sani Abacha

Evil Sani Abacha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Kicked Out By Nigerian President

 

By Andrew Jennings

 

A bright light shines tomorrow on how one of world football’s bosses does business. Amos Adamu, a member of FIFA’s 24-man executive committee, will be in a Nigerian courtroom demanding a stupendous £2.3 million damages from a newspaper that published allegations about what happened to a fistful of sponsors’ money.

 

The reporter who wrote the story is promising fireworks. Olukayode  ‘Kay’ Thomas, who specialises in unearthing stories that embarrass Nigeria’s sports officials, says he’ll dig into how Adamu runs Nigerian sport – and examine how he became so wealthy during two decades of controlling budgets for major sports events.

 

Hopefully, England’s FA boss Lord David Triesman is sending an observer to learn about the ways of Dr Adamu (he’s got a PhD in PE) whose vote must be solicited in the campaign to stage the 2018 World Cup.

 

When Adamu launched his libel action 15 months ago he was the all-powerful Director General of Nigeria’s National Sports Commission. Then Nigerian President Yar'Adua took an interest in how Adamu has run sport for the last two decades.

 

He’d had a letter from his new sports minister complaining that sport was ‘moribund,’ sponsors wouldn’t part with money because of the ‘perception of corruption’ and it was all the fault of the ‘incompetent’ individuals who’ve held sport ‘in a stranglehold.’

 

The recommendation? Sack Dr Adamu. And that wasn’t all. Nigeria will stage FIFA’s Under-17 championships later this year and Adamu was overseeing the organising committee. As the axe hovered Adamu placed some calls and his friend FIFA vice-president Jack Warner, controller of youth tournaments, trumpeted ‘There cannot be changes in the committee now.’

 

Warner was ignored. When President Yar'Adua heard that Dr Adamu wanted $300 million of taxpayer’s money for the Under-17 tournament he exploded. Adamu hurriedly reduced the budget to $70 million but on November 7 last year it was full time and a red card for the FIFA man. President Yar'Adua dismissed him.

 

Now Amos Adamu, unwanted in his own country, has more time to spend on FIFA activities. But with little track record in football he’s been sidelined onto the women’s, technical and stadium committees, and is available to be courted by countries seeking his vote to host the World Cup.

 

Adamu can look forward to being wooed by billionaire shopping-mall operator Frank Lowy who is vigorously pushing Australia’s bid. In the queue trying to find out how to make Amos amiable will be England, Spain and Portugal, Holland and Belgium, Qatar, Japan and maybe a few Russian oligarchs. They’ll be studying what puts a smile on Adamu’s face. He’s little-known outside West Africa but in the Great World Cup Race, his vote matters as much as those of fellow executive committee members like Michel Platini, Franz Beckenbauer and Jack Warner.

 

Adamu was in charge in the 1990s when Nigeria hoped to stage FIFA’s World Youth Championship. Nigeria’s style of doing business was set by dictator General Sani Abacha who stole the government, then billions and would have taken more if his mixing of Viagra and his harem of foreign prostitutes, resulting in cardiac arrest, hadn’t terminated his cruel reign in 1998.

 

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