Foul! The Secret World of FIFA: Bribes, Vote Riggings, and Ticket Scandals by Andrew Jennings
THE BOOK THAT FIFA TRIED TO BAN. No individual has managed to penetrate the secret domain of football's world governing body, FIFA. Until now. Andrew Jennings, a leading investigative sports reporter, spent four years delving into the dark side of the beautiful game. The result is this explosive exposé of FIFA - a story of how the men in dark suits put personal ambition, big business, power and money before the fans on terraces. In Foul!, Jennings blows the whistle on an international cash-for-contracts scandal and reveals how some senior football officials have been urged to secretly repay the sweeteners they received. He asks why FIFA 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. And he reveals how Germany won the contest to stage the 2006 World Cup and the inside story on the dirty battle to host 2010. Foul! unearths the stories that FIFA doesn't want told. Its 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.