IOC President Jacques Rogge looking confused

Rogge can’t find out who admitted The Bagman


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The letters that changed Rogge’s mind


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Will Blatter follow IOC example?


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FIFA loves the Kickback King


Photo of Jean-Marie Weber and FIFA president Sepp Blatter

What binds these two together?









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


Rogge bans The Bagman but Blatter makes him welcome



By Andrew Jennings


Sunday January 17, 2010



IOC president Jacques Rogge has banned businessman Jean-Marie Weber, notorious for paying an astonishing $100 million in kickbacks to sports officials from IOC events.


Weber – aka The Bagman – had acquired accreditation for the IOC Congress in Copenhagen last year and was spotted in the shadows with his longtime friend IOC member and former FIFA president João Havelange.


The Congress was a triumph for 93-year-old Havelange who persuaded his fellow IOC members to vote the 2016 Olympics to his home town Rio. Weber’s presence raised concerns that bribes had been paid and that the IOC was still susceptible to corruption.


At the end of the Congress Rogge agreed to look into how the ‘Kickback King’ had acquired hard-to-get accreditation. A few weeks later Rogge claimed that he couldn’t find out and that it must have been a ‘last minute’ arrangement.


This was odd. Getting accreditation and the precious neck plastic that went with it involved answering a lengthy questionnaire about antecedents and employer. All this information would be on the IOC’s computers. And Weber had also secured a sought-after room in the IOC’s off-limits hotel.


This reporter pointed out to Rogge that Weber is also close to African football chief Issa Hayatou and despite his criminal record, is listed as a ‘consultant’ on the African confederation website.


Realising that if action wasn’t taken, the IOC would again be branded as an organisation that wasn’t serious about combating corruption in its ranks Rogge capitulated, announcing, ‘We will make sure that Mr Weber does not again receive accreditation for IOC events.’


We asked IOC member and FIFA president Sepp Blatter – another close friend of Weber - if he would follow president Rogge’s example and ban the Kickback King.


Blatter’s acting press chief Nicolas Maingot was instructed to send a reply that makes clear that FIFA is deaf, dumb and blind to Weber’s admission in court that he paid vast bribes . . . to senior FIFA officials!