Foul!: The Secret World of FIFA : Bribes, Vote Rigging and Ticket Scandals

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HarperSport, 2006 - Soccer - 386 pages
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Andrew Jennings, an award-winning investigative sports reporter, spent four years delving into the dark side of 'the beautiful game'. The result is this explosive and damning exposŤ of the officials that run football's world governing body, FIFA - a story of how the men in suits put personal ambition and money before the fans on the terraces. No individual has managed to penetrate the secret world of FIFA. Until now. Andrew Jennings, the world's leading sports investigative reporter, has unearthed the stories that FIFA doesn't want told. He blows the whistle on an international cash-for-contracts scandal and reveals how some football officials have been urged to secretly repay the sweeteners they received. He asks why FIFA President delayed acting against troubled marketing company ISL, who wrongly withheld £45 million of FIFA's cash. He exposes the vote-rigging that went on behind closed doors in the fight for control of FIFA . Jennings has researched in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe. He has uncovered damning evidence and persuaded FIFA insiders to talk to him about the questionable business practices they've witnessed. Foul!'s mix of world-class probing journalism, compelling story-telling and dark humour make this the most important book ever written about the men who control the people's game.

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Both Brilliant and depressing, sheds a light on the murky workings of Sepp Blatters FIFA and how flat out denial can work when not enough people want to rock the gravy train they all ride on. Read full review



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Andrew Jennings, is an internationally respected journalist, writer and film-maker. His books exposing Olympic corruption, The Lords of the Rings and The New Lords of the Rings, were acclaimed international bestsellers in the nineties. He has written for The Times, Daily Mail, Sunday Times and New Statesman as well as for publications all over Europe. He also produces and presents for the BBC, and acts as a consultant to Channel Four News and Panorama.

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