By Brett Forrest
Can the main cherished game on the planet beat the corruption that threatens to rip it apart?
Known because the "beautiful game," football is the world's hottest activity, crossing borders and language limitations to entertain billions. yet beneath it all—the raucous lovers within the stadiums; the liked gamers; and FIFA, the overseas governing physique with a club of 209 nationwide associations—is a scandal that threatens to make football the ugliest activity on this planet. An underworld of foreign playing jewelry, corrupt gamers and officers, and shadowy figures preys at the far-flung edges of the sport, making match-fixing in football one in every of geared up crime's new, ecocnomic companies.
Now, for the 1st time, journalist Brett Forrest takes us contained in the $700 billion overseas football having a bet marketplace. In 2013 Europol printed that greater than seven hundred foreign suits were fastened considering that 2008. Forrest pulls again the curtain, exposing an internet of nefarious dealings internationally, even on U.S. soil, with opportunistic fixers bribing gamers, influencing officers, and staging faux matchups, whereas Asian legal syndicates pull the strings. No fit is safe—not even the realm Cup tournament—especially whereas neighborhood cops lack the assets and the need to enquire.
But one guy has taken in this legal firm: Chris Eaton, a hardheaded Australian, longtime Interpol director, and the previous head of protection for FIFA. Forrest follows Eaton's trip from neighborhood beat cop to FIFA's defense leader for the 2010 international Cup in South Africa. It was once at this pageant that Eaton first grasped the level of match-fixing and the risk it posed to the sport. From that time on, Eaton made it his challenge to trace down the elusive perpetrators: fixers who shed identities, crisscross borders, and goal avid gamers and golf equipment on behalf of foreign legal syndicates.
Filled with headline-making revelations, the large repair is a must-read for football fanatics and precise crime aficionados. the tale brings us inside of Chris Eaton's hunt for the world's greatest fixers and their backers—from the roots of adjusting in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, to FIFA headquarters in Zurich and international Cup guidance in South Africa and Qatar, to fixing's growth into approximately each nation within the world—and the struggle to avoid wasting the attractive online game.
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The Big Fix: The Hunt for the Match-Fixers Bringing Down Soccer by Brett Forrest