SWISS COURT BANS CARTOON BOOK – BECAUSE ‘IT WOULD DAMAGE BLATTER’S GOOD REPUTATION’

Cartoonist Olé Andersen – Blatter gives his book a Red Card

Cartoonist Olé Andersen – Blatter gives his book a Red Card

Thin-skinned Sepp Blatter has persuaded a Zurich court to ban a book of jovial cartoons about him.

The power of Blatter to bully Swiss justice officials was revealed when his lawyers wrote to the court insisting that the cartoons, by former footballer and noted graphics artist Olé Andersen, were so damaging that they should issue an immediate ban urgently before actually hearing any arguments from him.

Blatter’s lawyers claimed that he ‘has a good reputation and if the cartoons were published he would never be able to repair the damage.’

Blatter’s Criminal complaint

The book title is ‘The Platter Cartoons’ – guess who is the subject!  Blatter also claimed that the cartoons have ‘no aesthetic value’ and he insists they are not entitled to ‘any freedom of art.’

Blatter has also listed FIFA as a second complainant so world football will pay his legal fees.

Olé Andersen played in Denmark before joining a professional team in Switzerland. Later he coached on the Faroe Islands but his other love was graphic design and drawing cartoons. He worked for both UEFA and FIFA and in recent years has been producing hilarious cartoons highlighting some aspects of the career of Sepp Blatter.  Olé wirh trophy

Many months ago I had the privilege of seeing some of the cartoons and I understand why Blatter hates them: Their sin is not to take the Emperor of World Football as seriously as he takes himself.

Here Olé is pictured with his daughter Madeleine and FIFA marketing Director Liane Alban in China in 1985 with the trophy he designed for the World Under-16 championship  – later it became the Under-17.

The court has warned Andersen that if any of the cartoons are published anywhere in the world, he could be fined up to 10,000 Swiss Francs.

19 comments

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  19. […] Die oben verlinkten Cartoons, sind übrigens nicht die “Platter Cartoons”. Dieselben in Buchform kurz vor der Veröffentlichung hat Olé Andersen, ein Däne, angefertigt, der vom Fussball-Profi zum FIFA-Mitarbeiter zum Platter-Cartoonisten avanciert ist. Näheres findet sich auf Transparency in Sport. […]

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