Red Card: FIFA and the Fall of the Most Powerful Men in Sports (Hardback)Ken Bensinger (author)
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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.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 644 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 34 mm
'Spellbinding. A gripping account of how the beautiful game got grotesquely ugly. Highly recommended' - Gary Lineker
'A forensic dissection of the Fifa corruption scandal that fizzes with the ferocious energy of a superior thriller, with every chapter ending on a cliffhanger' - The Mail on Sunday, Books of the Year
'A gripping white-collar crime thriller that, in its scope and human drama, ranks with some of the best investigative business books of the past 30 years.' - The Wall Street Journal
'Red Card is the meeting of American investigative reporting and real-life cop show.' - Simon Kuper, The Financial Times
'Gripping...Bensinger's impeccably sourced account serves as a sharp reminder of the gargantuan levels of largesse and excess during Fifa's bad, bad days - as well as a warning that not enough has been done to prevent them returning.' - Sean Ingle, '
'Bensinger deftly deploys novelistic devices to turn it into a real-life detective thriller...[it] resembles John Grisham' - Private Eye
'Bensinger's tale fizzes with the ferocious energy of the thriller writer, with each chapter ending on a cliffhanger.' - Jim White, The Mail on Sunday
'A powerful piece of reportage...a brutal indictment of the way global football was run' - The Herald
'An engrossing and jaw-dropping tale of international intrigue...riveting' - The New York Times
'A genuine page-turner' - When Saturday Comes