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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


Is FIFA an Organised Crime Family?


Player and Referee is an essential guide to understanding the murky world of World Cup tendering, construction, contract kickbacks, written by some of South Africa’s finest investigative reporters. And a contribution by Andrew Jennings delving into FIFA and Organised Crime.










Player and Referee book cover









Scroll through and enjoy the whole book and its disclosures about Soccer City, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, MATCH and price gouging, the Green Point white elephant, Durban’s Moses Mabhida stadium . . . and a lot more. Worth making time to read.





Andrew Jennings invited to speak at Cape Town Press Club talked about FIFA and Organised Crime and how South Africa was being ripped off.











Invited by French sociology group Illusio to contribute a book chapter on Mafia and sport Andrew Jennings looked at the criminals involved in building and globally exploiting the wealth in what have become sports brands.





Andrew Jennings was invited to speak to student journalists at the University of Porto about FIFA and Organised Crime.



Listen to an audio recording of Andrew Jennings' presentation on FIFA and Organised Crime