Photocopy of story in Swiss (German) newspaper

Andrea: "I would also like a 'Blatter-rebate'"














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


Does the Swiss Press hate Blatter?

February 28, 2009


They won’t give up on the scandal of Blatter’s car crash and his lenient treatment. Blick has discovered the lovely Andrea. She is unhappy. "I feel totally unfairly treated," she says. Blatter was fined 600 Swiss francs. The same court fined her 1,400, suspended her licence for three months and gave her criminal record, merely for crossing a white line. There was no collision, nobody hurt. She has to live on a secretary’s wages. He is a multi-millionaire.


March 13, 2009: Here’s a nasty surprise for Blatter at breakfast time. His favourite paper, the Neue Zurcher Zeitung, reveals that he may soon be needing a chauffeur.


The canton of Valais, where he registers his driving licence, is considering disqualifying the 73-year-old from driving.