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The Story Of FIFA S Fall From Grace Has It All Power, Betrayal, Revenge, Sports Stars, Hustlers, Corruption, Sex And Phenomenal Quantities Of Money, All Set Against Exotic Locales Stretching From Caribbean Beaches To The Formal Staterooms Of The Kremlin And The Sun Blasted Streets Of Doha, Qatar In Red Card, Investigative Journalist Ken Bensinger Takes A Journey To FIFA S Dark Heart He Introduces The Flamboyant Villains Of The Piece The FIFA Kingpins Who Flaunted Their Wealth In Private Jets And New York S Grandest Skyscrapers And The Dogged Team Of American FBI And IRS Agents, Headed By Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Who Finally Brought Them To Book Providing Fresh Insights On A Scandal Which Has Gripped The World, He Shows How Greed And Arrogance Brought Down The Most Powerful Institution In Sporting History A Wild, Gritty, Gripping, And At Times Blackly Comic Story, Red Card Combines World Class Journalism With The Pace Of A Thriller Red Card Filmed As Houses Of Deceit Will Be A Major Film, Produced By Pearl Street Films, The Production Company Owned By Matt Damon And Ben Affleck

8 thoughts on “Red Card: FIFA and the Fall of the Most Powerful Men in Sports

  1. John T John T says:

    The level of corruption is eye watering The greed and entitlement of many of the FIFA ExCo is bewildering The fact that corruption at FIFA was common knowledge and largely accepted by the public and Governments alike shows how brazen the perpetrators were and how untouchable they thought they were Fantastic work by the FBI and IRS especially Thoroughly good read.

  2. Dereck Dereck says:

    I enjoyed it with some interesting stories It was a bit difficult to follow with all the different initials for the different FIFA conglomerations eg Caribbean, South America etc and the initials of all the companies doing the marketing rights of football but apart from that, very enjoyable.

  3. J.d.casson J.d.casson says:

    Superb read seemingly well researched and riveting exposing he level of corruption

  4. Darren MacFadyen Darren MacFadyen says:

    Manipulation greed was this book all over With shocking takes of greed, in the manipulation of the greatest game on this earth

  5. Tim Norris Tim Norris says:

    Fantastic insight into the corruption in football and the painstaking investigations to bring those guilty to justice


    Very interesting book

  7. Nick Wharton Nick Wharton says:

    Great account of this important piece of football history

  8. Athan Athan says:

    To stay alive, small business often needs to operate outside the edges of what s legal And international football used to be small business So, with the exception of the odd British gentleman here or there, international football used to be run by small time crooks.And then, suddenly, sponsors arrived, gagging to spend money The money was lavished on the same small time crooks, who did not even think of ever changing their ways Coca Cola and Adidas are credited with starting this dance and Sepp Blatter with ceasing the opportunity It did not occur to him or to anybody else within his band of crooks that they could do both get rich and play it straight Bent was all they knew Hell, Chuck Blazer, the man in charge of football in the US did not even think of filing his taxes For seventeen years In the United States of America This type of theft is victimless crime, of course And it wasn t huge money either, in the bigger scheme of things Some of these lavish parties the author talks about cost less than my wedding So it ran and ran until it was stopped by Americans This is the book about how they did it.I ll get the good part out of the way first the author tells the story amazingly well If you want to know about corruption in football, it s all here If you want to know when the corruption took off and how, it s all here You find out precisely how the small time crooks used to run football and what they did when it finally rained money You learn about layering and smurfing and it s ten times exciting than the compliance test you take once a year at the bank If you want to find out who Jack Warner is, who Sepp Blatter is and who Chuck Blazer was, you ve come to the right place.The best bit is that this reads like a thriller If it was all a made up story, it would still be worth reading The author is careful not to bombard you with too many names at a time He builds his characters and helps you see how they evolve And he writes in a way that forces you to keep reading.It s also a tremendous book to read if you want to find out how the American justice system works How a case is built, how the cops ambush the sundry miscreants and flip them into ratting on their superiors, all the way to Ah, that s the bad part of the story Sepp Blatter is still free Ooops.The depressing part of the book is that it reminds you how broken American justice is these days Armed with RICO and wiretaps and fighting against people who had no idea anybody was watching, crooks with no legal team to fall back on, foreigners who did not avail themselves of their right to counsel, this five year saga ends with two second string crooks going to jail and one walking.Yes, many of the crooks had to pay a decent chunk of money as part of their plea, but pretty much all of them ended up much richer than they started Some can no longer travel internationally a couple of them saw their health suffer, but the outcome is depressing Justice was not served.Oh, and the only Harvard man in the entire team of prosecutors ends up working at Cravath Indeed, not a single member of the team who prosecuted the FIFA guys was still involved in the case as it drew to its close, most of them using their role serving you and me as finishing school before their private sector jobs It s no wonder we did even worse with the perpetrators of the subprime disaster in 08.But none of that stuff is author Ken Bensinger s fault He s done a tremendous job of turning this rounding up of small time thieves into a thriller.I m only cutting him a star because to my taste he sings the FBI s and the IRS s praises a bit too much.