Photograph of Frank Lowy and Sepp Blatter on football pitch in Sydney

'The money's over here.'

Frank Lowy and Sepp Blatter,

Sydney, May 2008

 

Photograph of Gordon Brown and Frank Lowy

'You're wasting your time bidding for 2018.'

What jolly Frank didn't tell Gordon in July 2008.

 

 

Photograph of Frank Lowy's yacht - Ilona

Frank's fast getaway yacht Ilona.

The money's under his bed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 snubs England World Cup bid,
prefers Oz billionaire ‘who used IOC
Royals dirty bank to dodge taxes’

England’s hopes of hosting the 2018 World Cup have suffered a setback with president Sepp Blatter appointing the billionaire leader of Australia’s rival bid to FIFA’s prestigious World Cup organising committee.

 

There are no British members on the 31-man committee, overseeing the next tournament in South Africa, but it includes members from America and China, also potential bidders.

 

The choice of Frank Lowy, 77, president of Australia’s federation and the world’s biggest shopping mall owner to join FIFA’s inner circle, is hard to fathom. He has never been a player in FIFA’s politics but has entertained some of its leaders on his 242-foot yacht Ilona, one of the world’s largest.

 

Lowy, said to be worth £2.3 billion, will have unparalleled opportunities to press Australia’s case to stage 2018. On the World Cup committee are 15 of the 23 members of FIFA’s executive committee who will make the decision. Lowy said, ‘it is wonderful recognition of the growing credibility and reputation of Australia within the global football community.’

 

Australia’s media is jubilantly describing Lowy’s FIFA appointment as ‘a shot in the arm’ for their bid.

 

Lowy’s Westfield company is building a £1.6 billion mall at White City in West London, due to open at the end of October. He was welcomed to Downing Street by Gordon Brown in early July after contracting to build the East London Stratford shopping development at the gateway to the 2012 Olympics site.

 

But Lowy’s image was dented later that month when his family was pilloried by a US Senate committee investigating alleged tax evasion. Westfield is one of the biggest mall operators in America and Lowy’s son Peter, an American citizen living in Beverly Hills, was summoned to Capitol Hill to explain why $68 million was laundered through Zurich, the British Virgin Islands and Delaware on its way to an anonymous account in Liechtenstein.

 

Peter Lowy, accompanied by ‘super-lawyer’ Robert Bennett who defended President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, refused to answer questions, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

 

The Australian tax authorities are currently investigating Frank Lowy and his secret Liechtenstein account. In 1992 and again in 1994 he had to settle large claims. Last week he said, ‘I do not believe I have done anything wrong.’

 

Lowy was involved in controversy six years ago when he admitted payments to Tony Blair’s friend, former pop music promoter Lord Levy, to ‘advise on the UK retail market.’ He denied using Lord Levy to buy access to Ministers.

 

In 2007 he was embroiled in a corruption investigation into Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert but subsequently cleared of impropriety in the privatisation of Bank Leumi. Between 1994 and 2007 he was a non-executive director of the Daily Mail’s parent company.