SUSPENDED FIFA president Sepp Blatter is facing fresh legal action from a former friend and long-time supplier to FIFA over an unpaid bill of £162,000 dating back to the early 1990s.
Legal papers, seen by the Mail on Sunday, have been filed by Ole Andersen, a Danish cartoonist who worked as an illustrator for the world’s governing body for many years.
Andersen, a former footballer and manager, 76, has claimed to the MoS that Blatter is a “selfish swine” who has “treated people badly for a long time’ and ‘needs to be exposed, finally and completely” for his poor behaviour over decades.
He says Blatter’s faults include not honouring agreements, and behaving in an inappropriate way towards women.
Andersen has known Blatter since the mid 1970s, when Blatter was FIFA’s technical director, from 1975 to 1981, then general secretary until 1998, then president. Blatter commissioned illustrations and artwork for FIFA publications from Andersen for 15 years until the early 1990s.
Andersen has now revealed that they grew apart after Blatter commissioned a £162,000 book of illustrations on the history of football for promotional purposes for the 1994 World Cup in the USA, but failed to acknowledge it when the job was completed in 1993, and never paid for it.
Andersen says Blatter blanked all attempts by him to get in touch before Andersen had a near-fatal heart attack in 2011. “He agreed to see me again then,’ Andersen told the MoS, ‘before I kicked the bucket.”
Andersen says he raised the issue of the unpaid commission from 1993, which he says had been ‘sealed on a handshake, like all the work I did for Blatter before.”
Andersen says he was shocked when Blatter claimed he had a brain injury in the early 1990s that meant he had lost all memory from around that time, and led to holes in his recollection of some other events.
Blatter still refused to acknowledge the 1993 commission or pay for it, so Andersen submitted an invoice, which remains unpaid.