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Investigative sports reporter Andrew Jennings dies at 78 Nation World News

LONDON ( Associated Press) – Andrew Jennings, an investigative journalist who uncovered the dark corners of the Olympic movement and football body FIFA, has died. He was 78 years old.

A post on his official Twitter account on Monday said Jennings died on Saturday “after a brief, sudden illness”. No further details given.

“If you had to name only one thing that revolutionized international sports debate over the past 30 years … that name and that person would be Andrew Jennings,” wrote Jens Sejer Andersen, director of the sports integrity campaign group Play the Game.

Jennings pursued the evidence and wrote books that shook the reputation of international sports organizations and their leaders, while the latter faced more intense scrutiny from the media.

“The Lord of the Rings” and “Foul!” published in 1992 His books, including 2005, proved to be essential texts for better understanding the politics and conduct surrounding the International Olympic Committee and FIFA.

He will usually be the reporter asking the most direct and provocative questions at his news conferences.

Jennings and his work proved to be a foundation on which American officials conducted their detailed investigations of international football officials. The result forced then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter, a longtime target of Jennings, to step out of office.

Jennings also produced investigative documentaries about FIFA for the BBC. Those events accelerated the ouster of Blatter’s predecessor, Brazil’s Joao Havelange, from his honorary titles at FIFA and the IOC.

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