Author Archives: Andrew Jennings

Cartoonist Olé Andersen – Blatter gives his book a Red Card

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

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 […]

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Is FIFA the Worst Corporation in the World? You can vote!

A coalition of Brazilian World Cup and Olympic Committees has nominated FIFA to win a global election to find the World’s worst corporation. The Zurich-based world football governing body is accused of violation of human rights. The Coalition points to forced evictions of families living in the path of new construction for the World Cup, […]

Lord Coe promises Rio Legacy

SEB COE, HIS PR MAN, TEAR GAS AND A WRECKED RUNNING TRACK

Britain’s Olympic supremo Lord Coe was in Rio recently promising Brazilians, angry at the soaring cost and corruption in building venues for the 2016 Olympics, that there will be a fantastic legacy. ‘You’ve got the opportunity to impact and imprint on 280 million young South Americans,’ he said. ‘That is an extraordinary opportunity for the […]

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HAVE THE FBI GOT FIFA’S BRIBE EMAILS AND OFFSHORE BANK ACCOUNTS?

First, the bad news. American and British intelligence agencies have ‘harvested’ the world’s electronic communications. Any and all information moved electronically around our planet is captured by the spooks at the National Security Agency. You think of your emails – who doesn’t. But do you worry about your electronic bank statements and the updates the […]

FIFA thief Nicolas Leoz takes the road to nowhere

Bribe-taking Nicolás Leoz, who looted football at home in Latin America and globally at FIFA has suffered the final humiliation: His name is being erased from a seaside boulevard in a modest city on Chile’s Pacific coast. On May 29 the city council in Coquimbo voted to drop his name from the ‘Avenida Costanera Dr. […]

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The Thief, the Conman and the ship of Aussie fools

Forensic auditors in the Caribbean reveal that a FIFA official stole a sack full of money from the Australians bidding to host the World Cup. It’s a story of treachery, naïveté, bribery, cover-up and all those words you associate with Sepp Blatter’s bunch of Mobsters when they open the door to suckers queuing to be […]

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Appeal to Blatter: Send Marin to FIFA ethics Committee

Apelo a Blatter: Mande Marin para o Comitê de Ética da FIFA NEWSFLASH: Ivo Herzog, son of journalist Vladimir Herzog murdered by associates of Brazil’s Football President José Maria Marin, has appealed to President Sepp Blatter to refer Marin to FIFA’s Ethics Committee. In his appeal Ivo says: “President Blatter, I appeal to you to refer Jose Maria Marin to the FIFA Ethics […]

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DavosMan takes control at FIFA

FIFA has published its annual Financial Report, six weeks ahead of their annual congress on the Indian Ocean holiday island of Mauritius. There’s no need for delegates to examine the entire 106 pages because the first fifteen confirm, relentlessly, that FIFA’s world is indeed a sunny place. As they relax on the beaches, awaiting the […]

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EXCLUSIVE: TOM & BILL JOIN LANCE IN THE DOCK

Lawyers in California on Friday filed a new legal action by angry fans, claiming they were cheated by Lance Armstrong, to include his longtime financier, Thomas Weisel and his manager and agent Bill Stapleton. The five plaintiffs claim they were betrayed by Armstrong’s books that asserted he was clean and beat cancer through strong character […]

The Great Tax Robbery

TANDA AND AJ HELP CRACK TESCO TAX

This week saw the launch of The Great Tax Robbery, a stunning new book by ace investigative reporter Richard Brooks revealing how the richest corporations get away with paying minimal tax while ordinary folks are prosecuted if they don’t pay promptly. Buried in the back in the Acknowledgements (page 283 seeing you asked) are mentions for […]

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When JimPat’s Penis Stood for Racial Purity

Who is this cyclist? Why is this photograph embarrassing? Where was he riding? Why was he using a false name? When did he shave off his moustache? So many questions. Are we watching the dirty deed that got him a life ban from the Olympics? Why should he care? Thirty-eight years later he’s a member […]

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Blatter’s Wally says there is no FIFA corruption

Ten months ago Zurich journalist Jean François Tanda was commissioned to write an article describing the appalling corruption that has engulfed FIFA. His essay appeared in the April 2012 Swiss Review, a magazine published in five languages for Swiss citizens living abroad, under the headline ‘Billion-dollar colossus spiraling out of control.’ It remains a brilliant […]

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Sky Sports fooled by corrupt Blatter – but won’t admit it!

Is Rupert Murdoch hoping to wrest the rights to screen the World Cup away from the BBC and ITV by sucking up to Sepp Blatter? How else to explain a programme so awful that it should have been screened as an advertorial and an invoice sent to FIFA. Last month excited executives at Sky Sport […]

Blatter’s Phoney African World Cup Legacy

There’s one word that terrifies fatcat politicians in South Africa: ‘Services.’ That’s the demand in the townships – sprawling informal settlements of tin shacks and block houses – for decent roads, piped water and sewage and safe electricity supplies. Failure to provide services provokes riots and confrontations with police. Now township dwellers are discovering that […]

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Lance Armstrong stole my £10,000!

Twelve years have passed since Lance Armstrong mugged me. It was in public but none of the watchers shouted ‘Stop thief!’ We were crowded in a small bookshop near Trafalgar Square in Central London. Six books had made the short list for the £10,000 Sports Book of the Year prize. Slowly, the chairman of the […]

MOST WANTED: BUT WILL HICKEY & NUZMAN TESTIFY?

Brazil’s Congress has moved swiftly to investigate allegations of Olympic ticket racketeering. The Tourism and Sport committee unanimously approved last week requests from Congressman Romario to invite IOC Executive Board member Patrick Hickey and Brazilian IOC member Carlos Nuzman to testify in Brasila. The cliff-hanger now is: Will they turn up? Nuzman presides over the […]

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Romario warns of Hickey ‘influence peddling’ in Rio

Football legend Romario, the great striker turned politician, sickened by Olympic ticket scandals, has launched a blistering campaign to force the International Olympic Committee to share control of the sale of tickets for the 2016 Rio Games. The socialist Congressman last week fired off formal requests for Olympic officials to testify to a Brazilian congressional […]

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Hickey & Nuzman get an offer they can’t refuse

Tuesday 2 October, Brasilia:  Legendary footballer Romario, now a Socialist Deputy, called today for IOC officials Patrick Hickey and Carlos Nuzman to be invited to Brasilia for questioning by a Congressional committee about ticket deals for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Congressman Romario also wants to ask Mr Hickey about allegations that bribes have been paid […]

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Romario – You’ve got balls, Andrew!

  Brazilian legend Romario sent a video message to Andrew Jennings while filming an interview for German TV. He looked directly into the lens and said, ‘Few reporters in the world have your courage, capacity and desire to write the truth in the newspapers, on television, radios and the internet, as YOU, Andrew Jennings. ‘I […]

Look who’s coming to London (Part III)

And then there’s the C List Royals at the IOC. You know they were chosen on merit! But have you ever head of them? This is Prince Willem of Holland (1). This is Prince Frederik of Denmark (2). Meet Prince Henri – his day job is something important in the army of Luxembourg (3). And […]

Look who’s coming to London (Part II)

IOC member Bob Hasan from Indonesia got six years jail for racketeering after the fall of his corrupt buddy president Suharto. So he had to go. The so-called ‘green’ IOC were never bothered that billionaire Bob was the world biggest rain-forest logger. And it was goodbye to Korea’s Kim Un Yong – boss of Taekwondo […]

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LOOK WHO’S COMING TO LONDON (PART I)

Reporters could have a lot of fun digging out the hilarious – and sometimes sordid – backgrounds of the ‘Olympic Family.’ Let’s start with the sponsors. Are they as pure and clean as they claim? Umm, no. There was a devastating Olympic-related story in Rolling Stone on June 12. Some Wall Street Masters of the […]

Two Questions Blatter does not want to be asked at Zurich Press Conference

1. “Why did you not call the police when a 1.5 million Swiss Francs bribe for Joao Havelange arrived by mistake at FIFA House in March 1997? You knew that this money, due to FIFA, was being embezzled by Havelange.” 2. “Doesn’t your failure to make a police report prove that you are a criminal […]

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Blatter knew about Havelange bribes 15 years ago!

Joao Havelange stole around US$60 million in dozens of bribes from the ISL company, money that should have gone to FIFA. But investigators have only been able to discover documentary proof for one bribe of 1.5 million Swiss Francs – around US$1 million. But I knew about this bribe 10 years ago and wrote the […]

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THE OLYMPICS SCREWED US SAYS COBI THE SEXY DOG!

Here we go again! The IOC defends its indefensible million-dollar earnings from sponsors who make money promoting obesity in our children – think Coca-Cola and McDonalds. Twenty years ago at the Barcelona Olympics “El Triangle”, a leading Catalan news magazine, demonstrated, graphically, how their city was being screwed by the IOC and their ‘partners’ the […]

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Why won’t BBC Sport tell the truth about Sepp Blatter and bribes?

For the last six years the BBC’s Panorama programme has been investigating corruption at FIFA, acquiring and publishing a stream of confidential documents proving beyond any doubt that Sepp Blatter was at the heart of a $100 million contract kickbacks scandal. Four richly documented programmes have been transmitted. But BBC Sport’s journalists have never asked […]

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Andrew writes about Sport and Organised Crime in new collection of academic Olympic essays

EXTRACT: Swoosh. Ouch! Thunk, into the basket. Next. Swoosh etc. Next. Listen, it’s the soundtrack to the conception of the International Olympic Committee. Its 1789, its Paris and the mob are taking bloody revenge for centuries of exploitation. Decapitation. Europe’s elite learned some lessons – but not enough. Another wave of revolution swept across Europe […]

THE TRUTH AT LAST! SWISS MAGISTRATE THOMAS HILDBRAND REVEALS BLATTER HAD TO KNOW ABOUT $100 MILLION FIFA BRIBES AND WHAT HAVELANGE WAS STEALING

FIFA’s past President João Havelange took millions of dollars in bribes to steer multi-billion dollar contracts to the ISL Marketing company. His son-in-law Ricardo Teixeira took millions more. Sepp Blatter and other senior officials knew about this stealing from FIFA – and did nothing. This is the evidence revealed in a stunning document published today by […]

Plenty of Olympic tix – if you know the right people

Anybody still want tickets for this summer’s London Olympics? The Organising Committee say they will offer another one million in early May. But you know your chances are slim. The applications will overwhelm the quantity on offer. I can help. I’ve got five thousand of them. You’ve heard about the Black Market but you don’t know […]

Why Blatter can’t fire ‘blackmailer’ Valcke

When FIFA general secretary Jérôme Valcke insulted Brazil in early March, saying that it needed ‘a kick up the arse’ to complete the preparations for 2014, you might have expected President Blatter to fire him for gross rudeness. When Valcke revealed in a private email last year that Qatar had “bought” the rights to host […]

Who has the courage to tell Blatter to go?

It’s hardly surprising that President Sepp Blatter is desperately blocking attempts to root out corruption at FIFA. He knows that if fans and honest officials ever discover his involvement in the $100 million bribes scandal, he will be forced to resign immediately. So Blatter has been actively persuading national associations to back him at FIFA’s […]

Dirty Nicky waves goodbye to Tricky Ricky

It can’t get a lot more darkly comical. Brazil’s deeply corrupt ‘Tricky Ricky’ Teixeira quits FIFA’s ExCo and sends his resignation to Paraguay’s Nicolas Leoz, the equally corrupt president of Conmebol – the Latin-American football confederation. I was in the courthouse in Zug, Switzerland, in March 2008 when ‘Dirty Nicky’ Leoz – he’s still a […]

Switzerland getting pissed with Blatter

The Swiss Government took the extraordinary step of granting permission for Investigating Magistrate Thomas Hildbrand to travel to Paris yesterday to give a confidential briefing to a Council of Europe committee.  This is revealed in the press release and the brilliant report Good governance and ethics in sport by the Council’s François Rochebloine Hildbrand investigated […]

No free beer at Royal Television Awards

At the London Park Lane Hilton for the Royal Television Society Journalism Awards. Our BBC Panorama programme FIFA’s Dirty Secrets, screened on November 29, 2010, was shortlisted in the top three for ‘Scoop of the Year’ and I was shortlisted in the ‘Independent’ category. And that was it. If we’d won I was going to […]

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