Image of Swiss newspaper article (Blick)

 

Old Coca Cola poster

No more presents from Coke for Sepp

 

Old photo of Samaranch and Kissenger

We’ve saved Coca-Cola!

 

 

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


 

Hard Man Henry Kissinger will boot out Blatter

 

 

By Andrew Jennings

 

Sunday June 5, 2011

 

When Sepp Blatter let slip last week that Henry Kissinger is heading for Zurich to sweep away the dirt at FIFA he surely knew that his bottom ain’t going to be warming the President’s throne for many more months. When Kissinger added, ‘There’s a need for modernisation,’ Blatter had to know the jig was up.

 

Kissinger said of Blatter, darkly, ‘I would certainly know how to communicate with him, and the results will be shown by the degree to which our recommendations are accepted.’

 

Here we go. The long-expected American power grab for world football, a sport too globally popular, too dripping in money to be left under the control of the third-rate clowns who’ve reduced it to a daily scandal show. They’ve asked for it – and they’re going to get it, bigtime.

 

 

PLANET-WIDE LOATHING

 

 

Blatter will be pushed aside by his furious financiers, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Visa and the other global brands that pay for his presidential life style and the comforts that keep his dimwit members voting for him. Blatter has made himself the focus of planet-wide loathing and ridicule and Big Money has had enough. All sponsor’s contracts have break clauses for misbehaviour – just like Coca-Cola and Mr Rooney.

 

Forget the Kissinger who many accuse of war crimes after the bombing of Cambodia during the Vietnam war. Put aside his Nobel Peace Prize for helping end the carnage that he helped create.

 

Remember only two things: That Kissinger’s secretive consultancy firm tightly controlled the so-called Olympic reform process in 1999 after the catastrophic sex-and-cash-for-votes scandal in Salt Lake City. And remember (are you listening Sepp?) that Kissinger worked on the failed American bid to stage the 2022 World Cup. He knows his country was shafted. Sepp, it’s personal.

 

 

BLATTER MUST BE DITCHED

 

 

When the sponsors – whoops, partners as we are instructed to call them - moved on the International Olympic Committee in 1999 because the Salt Lake scandal was damaging the event for which they paid so much, they let president Samaranch stay in power.

 

This was because the dirt wasn’t seen to stick to Samaranch personally – and the sponsors needed him under control, to steer the 2008 Games to Beijing, clients of Kissinger. That chapter of IOC scandals could be closed swiftly. There was no more dirt to come.

 

No such luck for Blatter. He’ll have to be ditched because in a few months the FIFA president’s personal involvement in the biggest corruption story in world sport will be revealed. That would be one in the jockstrap for the Partners. They are not going to tolerate any more pain.