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Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World's Biggest Sports Scandal

Category: Book
By (author): Bensinger, Ken
Subject:  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
  TRUE CRIME / White Collar Crime
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: June 2018
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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From The Publisher*The definitive, shocking account of the FIFA scandal-the biggest international corruption case of recent years, spearheaded by US investigators, involving dozens of countries, and implicating nearly every aspect of the world's most popular sport, soccer, including its biggest event, the World Cup.

The FIFA case began small, boosted by an IRS agent's review of an American soccer official's tax returns. But that humble investigation eventually led to a huge worldwide corruption scandal that crossed continents and reached the highest levels of the soccer's world governing body in Switzerland.

In Red Card, Ken Bensinger explores the case, and the personalities behind it, in vivid detail. There's Chuck Blazer, a high-living soccer dad who ascended to the highest ranks of the sport while creaming millions from its coffers; Jack Warner, a Trinidadian soccer official whose lust for power was matched only by his boundless greed; and the sport's most powerful man, FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who held on to his position at any cost even as soccer rotted from the inside out.

Remarkably, this corruption existed for decades before American law enforcement officials began to secretly dig, finally revealing that nearly every aspect of the planet's favorite sport was corrupted by bribes, kickbacks, fraud, and money laundering. Not even the World Cup, the most-watched sporting event in history, was safe from the thick web of corruption, as powerful FIFA officials extracted their bribes at every turn. Arriving just in time for the 2018 World Cup, Red Card goes beyond the headlines to bring the real story to light, accompanying the determined American prosecutors and special agents who uncovered what proved to be not only the biggest scandal in sports history, but one of the biggest international corruption cases ever. And it is far from over.
Review Quote*"Red Card is timely and fascinating, a galloping world tour of the filth and corruption that stretches from Trump Tower to the heart of Russia. With gripping storytelling, Ken Bensinger reveals how the FIFA empire was constructed, what caused it to crash down, and why nothing will ever be the same. Readers won't be able to put this book down."
Review Quote*"Red Card is a globe-trotting, stylish non-fiction crime thriller…. Ken Bensinger exposes the massive FIFA case as a narrative with enough twists, betrayals, and action for a Hollywood noir."
Review Quote*"If you love soccer, then you probably hate FIFA. I took immense pleasure in reading this cracking tale of how an unlikely crew of Yanks busted the cabal of crooks that ran the global game for so long. Ken Bensinger has beautifully reported a great procedural that gets to the heart of so much that is wrong with sport-and the world."
Review Quote*"Ken Bensinger does what few journalists can, taking a story that you think you know, and detailing how much deeper it actually goes. This is a book about the unending greed and deceit that took place inside FIFA. It's a book that is woven together with the mastery of a movie script that will leave you angry, shocked, and unable to look away."
Review Quote*"Red Card is the definitive account of the biggest sports scandal in history, a deeply sourced and brightly written book from one of America's finest investigative journalists. It is also a true crime gem, gripping and entertaining."
Review Quote*"A fascinating tale of fraud, kickbacks, bribes, and money laundering-a white-collar crime extravaganza."
Review Quote*"Take one of the biggest scandals in sports history-the FIFA soccer case-and put it in the hands of a skilled reporter and writer, and you have a riveting book like Red Card. Author Ken Bensinger delivers a suspenseful, highly entertaining story told with novelistic detail, deep insight and the pace of a thriller. Anyone wanting to know how international soccer fell into a colossal swamp of corruption will find all the answers here."