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Andrew Jennings

Andrew Jennings
Andrew Jennings has been chasing 'bad men' around the world for more than three decades. His book, The Lords of the Rings, on Olympic corruption and the fascist background of the IOC president was named by Sports Illustrated as one of the Top One Hundred Sports Books of all Time. His last book on FIFA corruption, Foul!, is now in 15 languages despite an attempt by Herr Blatter using FIFA funds in Switzerland to persuade a Zurich court to impose a global ban.

Omertà (part thirteen): How the FIFA crooks got away with it

Copyright AFP 2014

In secret, they confess… Zug, September 21, 2009: FIFA President Sepp Blatter swallowed his pride and travelled in his chauffeured black Mercedes from his luxurious office high above Zurich to the austere lakeside office in Zug of the Chief Prosecutor, Christian Aebi. Blatter’s driver was probably wise enough not to …

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Omertà (part twelve): Jean-Marie Weber Must Not be Sacked!

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Why Do Blatter and Havelange need him? Tuesday March 11, 2008, Zug: Here they come, smartly dressed in their businessman suits, pretending it’s an ordinary day at the office, walking quickly past the pack of jackals with their TV cameras and notebooks blocking the glass and brick canyon leading to …

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Omertà (part eleven): Hildbrand’s Game of Two Halves

Sepp Blatter and Joao Havelange

Investigating the Bribe Master and the Bag Man THE ARROGANT OLD MAN in Rio, now aged 94, refused to admit his guilt, refused to say sorry for his quarter century of stealing millions from world football, refused to give back those millions. Castor Andrade never said sorry. Why should he? …

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Omertà (part ten): How The Belly flattened Warner

Photo: Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner.
(Courtesy UK Telegraph)

…Then was caught by a ‘Useless’ journalist ‘ CONGRATULATIONS JACK, MAUREEN, all of my Trinidadian family that I love for these many years.’ Chuck was blogging after Trinidad held Sweden to a 0-0 draw in Dortmund in June 2006. The love for Warner and his wife lasted another five years. …

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Omertà (part nine): The Belly Eats FIFA

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Chapter 9: Blazer’s Michelin Guide to the World  CHUCK STUFFED HIS FACE in the world’s most expensive restaurants. Football paid. When, at the end of 2012, the new people at Concacaf sacked him, they forbade him to pay himself any more money. The money tap was being turned off. But …

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Omertà (Part seven): You want World Cup tickets?

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Chapter seven: The Brothers have plenty IMAGINE the three million tickets for the World Cup piled up in a mountain of cardboard. You love football? You want a tiny part of that mountain? You can try through FIFA’s lotteries or buying through national associations. All fans are equal in the …

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Omertà (Part six): Knifing Mandela in the back

Photo: Late South Africa president Nelson Mandela.
(Courtesy CBC)

Chapter six: Bribes took the World Cup to Germany                A RIO RACEHORSE OWNER was paid $1 million to strangle Brazil’s faint hopes of hosting the World Cup. The dark campaign to give the 2006 tournament to Germany involved the humiliation of Brazil and …

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Omertà (Part five): Looting Brazilian Football

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Chapter five: Ricardo’s favourite shoemaker  IF YOU BELIEVE Ricardo, he discovered the world’s most generous bank. It was located in Vaduz, in Europe, it lent him millions and charged interest, in the words of the Senator Alvaro Dias investigation, ‘absurdly below market rates.’ In fact, he never paid any interest …

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