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

Juan Antonio Samaranch, president of the IOC from 1980 until 2001, had a secret. I revealed it in a book and a television documentary in 1992 - and was awarded the Samaranch Prize for Literature! By a Swiss Judge! In the Lausanne District Court! I didn’t turn up for the ceremony - but they gave me the Prize anyway.

It was a 5-day suspended jail sentence. Samaranch and his IOC toadies had launched a criminal libel case against me. The judge ruled that never again must I say or publish the appalling lie that Samaranch was a prominent fascist during the 37-year bloody dictatorship of General Francisco Franco. If I did, it was off to a Swiss jail for me. Naturally, I ignored him.

But, 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.

This picture of Samaranch, fourth from right, doing his favourite right-arm exercise was taken in 1974 at a fascist ceremony in Barcelona. The Second World War had ended nearly 30 years earlier but Samaranch loved those Nazi rituals. When this picture was taken he was a vice-president of the IOC. Six years later he became President.

Samaranch was a deserter. He ran away from the Spanish Government Army in 1937 and joined the fascist rebels. 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, second from left, at a ceremony commemorating dead Franco fascists. 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(5) at quasi-religious ceremony as Franco’s Sports Minister. The ageing dictator is second from left.

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 (bottom right) at another fascist ceremony in 1974.

The IOC retained a number of prominent German and Italian Nazis in its ranks after World War Two. Samaranch merely followed a tradition linking the IOC to the extreme right that goes back to the Nazi U-Boats, decorated with the Olympic rings.

Even today, mentioning Samaranch’s repellent fascist record is taboo at the IOC. Maybe that’s because he appointed 84 of the current 111 members.

(The IOC banned me from its press conferences in 1992. When the Salt Lake cash ‘n’ sex for votes scandal broke in 1999 I was allowed back in)

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 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 the 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 fifa.com

'Soccer chief's plan to boost women's game? Hotpants'
'They could wear tighter shorts. Female players are pretty, if you excuse me for saying so.'
Sepp Blatter, Former President of the World Society of Friends of Suspenders:
Sonntagsblick, 11 January, 2004

'No foreigner, particularly a white foreigner, will come to my country and harass me, intimidate me and push me around.'
Jack Warner, May 9, 2006 after the author attempted to interview him for BBC-TV about his ticket rackets

'The evidence ... would and should make any company have grave concerns about doing business with FIFA.'
Adam C. Silverstein, a lawyer for MasterCard in their successful action against FIFA
New York, December 1, 2006

'We must have a woman on the executive committee.'
Sepp Blatter, campaigning to become president of FIFA
May 30, 1998, Agence France-Press

'FIFA ... a graft-ridden autocracy.'
The New Yorker, June 26, 2006

'Among the tasks of a politics of morality [is] to work incessantly toward unveiling hidden differences between official theory and actual progress, between the limelight and the backrooms of political life.'
Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002)

'FIFA's latest actions demonstrate that it still does not govern itself by its slogan "Fair Play."'
Judge Loretta Preske, dismissing a FIFA appeal
New York, February 28, 2007

'I still believe that the future of football is feminine.'
President Sepp Blatter, FIFA press release
Zurich, 2 February 2007

'We are more important than the Catholic Church.'
IOC President Juan Antonio 'Jackboots' Samaranch
HBO Real Sports, June 1996

'MacDonald's has supported the Olympic Movement for more than 30 years and we share many of the same ideals.'
IOC President Jacque Rogge
Turin, February 7, 2006

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