Photo of Jean-Marie Weber and Sepp Blatter

The Bagman & Blatter
















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


Blatter and Havelange named 
in Swiss bribes trial


For more than a decade Andrew Jennings has been telling anybody who would listen that sports marketing company ISL paid industrial-scale bungs to the men who control world sport. In March 2008 he sat in a criminal court in Switzerland and heard prosecutors reveal it was even worse than he’d imagined. [Seven page Special Report]





FIFA misled detectives,
must pay court costs


July 30, 2008


A SWISS court has ruled that footballs’ world governing body FIFA misled detectives investigating the disappearance of £45 million paid for World Cup television rights. [More]




Happy Days With the Bagman


From the Bagman’s archives . . . old photos, memories of the happy days when paying kickbacks on contracts was so easy. [More]