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THE REVELATION that the FBI is investigating FIFA should bring an end to three decades of institutional corruption, personified in recent times by President Sepp Blatter. I have been talking with Special Agents from the Organised Crime and Racketeering Section of the Department of Justice in Washington and with an FBI Organised Crime squad from New York since they contacted me seeking evidence nearly three years ago.
Law enforcement sources in New York and Washington confirmed today that they are investigating “a major case” involving allegations of corruption at FIFA. The probe is into allegations of fraud and bribery. It began in the North, Central American and Caribbean regional football confederation but the money trail leads back to FIFA’s HQ in Zurich, Switzerland. Unofficial sources have confirmed that Daryan Warner, eldest son of disgraced former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner of Trinidad, has become a co-operating witness with the FBI probe. Warner jnr has been resident in Florida for the last two months and clearly is not free to leave America. It has yet to be divulged what evidence the FBI have on him but it is likely to be substantial and enough to make him break family confidences in return for serving less jail time.
Daryan Warner was always the ‘back office’ money-man organising the laundering and concealment of bribes and profits from every kind of illicit football activity by his father – siphoning off grants, dealing in World Cup tickets and pocketing substantial bribes from countries hoping to host the World Cup. Warner frequently worked in concert with fellow FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer from New York:
The FIFA career of Jack Warner began to unravel in May 2011 when he was caught with $1 million in bribes, in envelopes each containing $40,000 in cash, for distributing to Caribbean football associations. The aim was to persuade them to vote for Qatar’s Mohamed Bin Hammam who was contesting the FIFA presidency against incumbent Sepp Blatter. Blazer ‘ratted’ on Warner to FIFA but was himself soon engulfed in documented corruption allegations
- Here is today’s Reuters story “EXCLUSIVE: FBI has cooperating witness for soccer fraud probe“
Where will the FBI investigation go next? For a start, they are not alone. For 18 months there have been parallel investigations by America’s tax authorities, the Internal Revenue Service. The secret probes range from Port of Spain to Trump Tower to Cayman, Paradise Island to Miami, Zurich to Zug and much further to the Gulf. They have co-operated with police in London and Switzerland.
The industrial-scale thieving of Warner and Blazer is woven into the fabric of FIFA. Repeatedly, the gruesome duo were encouraged to plunder grants and World Cup tickets. In return they delivered votes to keep Blatter in power. Football lovers must dream that the G-Men will find reasons to extend their investigations into Issa Hayatou’s African empire and the rest of FIFA.
As the FBI spreads its net, FIFA officials in Zurich should be seeking advice from their personal lawyers about what to say if the Feds come knocking. If they have handled corrupt payments authorised by Blatter or General Secretary Jerome Valcke, they may find it wise to follow Daryan Warner’s example and become collaborating witnesses rather than risk extradition and jail.
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 of the IOC!
Funny thing: If you look at his official IOC biography, they forgot to mention that 1976 life ban.
This fellow can hand out medals at the Games but, unlike nearly every other citizen of the planet, is refused the opportunity to win one.
Meet Patrick “Pat” McQuaid, born September 1949. Let’s wind back his biographical clock. In the mid-1970s he was one of Ireland’s top amateur cyclists, determined to be selected for the 1976 Montreal Olympics. His fear was that he might not be fit enough. Pat won the 1975 Tour of Ireland but the Irish cycling season ended in September 1975 and he needed more road racing. And not just for Ireland and the Olympic Ideal.
If Pat raced well in Montreal his chances were greater of getting a pro cycling contract and giving up school-teaching. So he was open to offers. And, Pat says, he ‘got an offer he couldn’t refuse’ – to secretly break international bans on competing in apartheid South Africa.
Six thousand miles later, in early October 1975, he left “Pat McQuaid” on the plane and emerged into the bright Spring Cape Town sunshine relabelled as “Jim Burns.” First thing he needed was a leak. OK, there’s the sign for the Gents but with the baffling Afrikaans words, “Net Blankes” – but underneath was the comforting translation “Whites Only.” Phew, no black man was going to peer at JimPat’s penis.
Football legend Romário, 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 [...]
“We searched around the globe,” Irish Olympic Committee president Pat Hickey told the Dublin Sunday World in November last year, in his quest for the best commercial partner to sell Ireland’s allocation of tickets for the London Games. Hickey may have searched the globe – but he found the answer close to home. At home, actually. [...]
The British Government’s denial of a visa for the president of the Belarus national Olympic committee – who also happens to be the president of Belarus – was a blow to Irish IOC member Pat Hickey, always happy to overlook his pal’s favourite sports of murder, torture, corruption and vote-rigging in his day job as [...]
von Andrew Jennings und Jens Weinreich Ich erinnere mich noch gut an diesen Januartag des Jahres 2004 in Tunis. Ich drehte für das schwedische und dänische Fernsehen eine Dokumentation über Joseph Blatter (The Untouchable), Andrew Jennings war zum Kongress des afrikanischen Fußballverbandes CAF vor Ort (für FIFA-Events war er damals schon zur persona non grata [...]
Vetternwirtschaft unter Journalisten: also mal wieder ein Crosspost meines Freundes Andrew Jennings. Er schreibt über die Einzelunterschrifts-Berechtigung des FIFA-Patrons Joseph Hosni Ben Ali Blatter. Ein Umstand, den vor Jahren in Geschichten über die Desinteresse-Erklärung der FIFA im ISL-Verfahren schon Jean François Tanda berichtet hat. Ich finde allerdings, die Story, die AJ da nun veröffentlicht, ist [...]
Andrew Jennings’ presentation to Senate Committee in Brasilia: “The Truth about FIFA Corruption & Ricardo Teixeira”
by Andrew Jennings, Transparency in Sport presentation to Senate Education, Culture and Sports Committee in Brasilia, Wednesday October 26, 2011. Irish Times: Jennings urges Brazil to freeze out corrupt officials BBC: Investigative journalist Andrew Jennings tells Brazil that Fifa “stinks” Reuters: Call to bar any corrupt officials from World Cup preparations The Truth about FIFA Corruption & Ricardo [...]
Grafik: Screenshot vom Sunday Herald Oh ja, ich glaube nicht, dass ich zu viel versprochen habe: Der putzige Doppelwettbewerb um die Fußball-Weltmeisterschaften 2018 und 2022, erdacht von Sepp dem Unfehlbaren, wird uns noch viel Freude bereiten. Ein Gastbeitrag von Andrew Jennings, der an Sepps Hofe seit sechs Jahren nicht mehr geduldet wird, der also keine Akkreditierungen [...]