Samaranch giving the Nazi salute

‘We are the Masters . . . for a few more months.’ Samaranch, fourth from right, surrounded by fascist deadbeats in 1974 mourning Adolf Hitler.

Samaranch with Franco's daughter

‘Does your arse need licking?’ How the young Samaranch got his photo-opportunity with Franco’s daughter Carmen.

Samaranch in 1956

Framed by Olympic-style burning torches Samaranch,
the sharply dressed fascist clutching the wreath, intimidates the people of Barcelona in 1956

Samaranch shaking the hand of General Franco

Samaranch gets a kick out of shaking the hand that signed thousands of death warrants.

Samaranch kneeling in front of altar and watched by Franco

Samaranch in fascist uniform on his knees before the murdererous dictator General Franco (second left) in 1967. They claimed to have God on their side.

Samaranch doing a radio broadcast in 1967

Samaranch, in Blueshirt repeats his oath of allegiance for the benefit of Jesus and enthralled Spanish radio listeners.

Samaranch and Franco

Samaranch giving Generalissimo Franco
the address of his tailor.

Samaranch dressed in a Blueshirt in 1974

Samaranch (bottom right) aged 54,
wearing his fascist Blueshirt at yet another gathering of geriatric goons in late 1974.

Photo of Hitler and Franco saluting

Hitler and Franco: their right-arm Olympic exercises

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


Why Juan Antonio’s right arm is more muscular than his left

(It’s had more exercise!)

The Love that Dare Not Speak its Name



It’s a taboo subject among the more than one hundred members of the International Olympic Committee and the majority of the journalists covering them and their sports event. Why won’t IOC members ever talk about the fact that the right arm of their dearly beloved former president Juan Antonio Samaranch is more muscular than his left arm?


By Andrew Jennings


August 1, 2008


Juan Antonio Samaranch, president of the IOC from 1980 until 2001, had a dirty secret. Most IOC members know the truth but stay silent because he organised a regal life-style for them - with money diverted from sport. And the truth is so embarrassing.



In 1980 Samaranch introduced the institutionalised corruption of the fascist Franco regime to the IOC. He encouraged members to steal – if they wanted – from cities bidding to host the Olympics. Grateful, they gave him all the loyalty he required. It was so very Franco. Who cared that he believed the wrong team won World War Two? A card-carrying, right-arm waving, uniform-wearing nazi-sympathiser for 37 years? Not a problem at the IOC - or in the Olympic media rooms. Just as much a taboo subject for the reporters.



Even today IOC members love him so much that if you inquire, ‘Please enlighten me, what were the politics of Juan Antonio Samaranch?’ they’ll duck your gaze, avoid answering and never use the F-Word. It’s the love whose name they dare not speak.



I revealed his happy fascist career in 1992 in a book and a television documentary shown worldwide - and was awarded the Samaranch Prize for Literature!



Samaranch and his IOC hit me with a criminal libel case – he totally denied any involvement in fascism - and I won a 5-day suspended jail sentence at the Lausanne district court. The judge warned that if I repeated that Samaranch was a prominent fascist it was off to a Swiss jail for me.



So, thanks to those wonderful people at the IOC, I’ve had a criminal record ever since . . . for telling the truth about Samaranch’s right arm.



The last known picture of Samaranch saluting with his fascist comrades was taken in Barcelona in July 1974. Franco died the following year. At the time Samaranch was a vice-president of the IOC. Six years later they made him their President.



Samaranch deserted from the Army of the Spanish Republic in 1937 and joined the fascist rebels, led by General Franco. After they won the civil war, backed by Hitler and Mussolini, he ingratiated himself with Franco’s daughter Carmen.



In 1956 Samaranch was pictured in his fascist uniform at a ceremony mourning fascist ‘martyrs.’ Note the Olympic-style flaming torches in the background. (The Olympic torch relay was invented by Adolf Hitler’s spindoctors for the 1936 Games. Now it belongs to Coca-Cola.)



In the 1960s, again wearing his fascist uniform, Samaranch was shaking hands with the dictator. In 1967 he was sworn in at quasi-religious ceremony as Franco’s Sports Minister.



Days later he repeated his loyalty pledge surrounded by fascist goons wearing regulation blue shirts. Samaranch never missed a chance to grovel to Franco and wore his blue shirt at yet another fascist ceremony in 1974.



When you know the truth about his ideology and preferences for authoritarianism, you begin to understand why he steered the Games to Beijing.