Photo of Joao Havelange and Augusto Pinochet shaking hands

More bloodstained hands: Chilean mass murderer Augusto Pinochet welcomes Havelange in 1987


Photo of Joao Havelange and the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet

Kindred spirits:
The football dictator and the military dictator









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’s Havelange sucks up to Murderer






João Havelange, Blatter’s predecessor, also preferred the company of thugs. Here he is pictured giving FIFA’s support and comfort to Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1987.


In the 14 years since seizing power in a military coup Pinochet had acquired international disgust for murdering thousands of opponents and torturing an estimated 30,000 more. Beheadings and burning alive characterised repression in Pinochet’s Chile.