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Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World's Biggest Sports Scandal Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Bensinger, Ken

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ISBN: 1501133918     ISBN-13: 9781501133916
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: June 2019
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Sports & Recreation | Soccer
- Social Science | Popular Culture
Dewey: 796
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.00" W x 0.75" (0.70 lbs) 359 pages
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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 April #5)

In his intense first book, investigative journalist Bensinger explores the U.S. Department of Justice's investigation into corruption at the highest levels of international soccer. The story begins with a 2011 Google alert received by Steve Berryman, an Internal Revenue Service special agent and zealous soccer fan, about high-ranking FIFA official Chuck Blazer—an American whose financial records were under examination by the FBI. With that tip, Berryman teamed with FBI agents to go after Blazer, who, facing significant federal charges, eventually became the government's most helpful cooperator in the investigation. Bensinger colorfully details the global pursuit of Blazer's cronies that climaxed in May 2015, when several FIFA officials were arrested for allegedly accepting hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to influence the selection of host countries for the World Cup. Among those arrested were Jack Warner, a cocky yet quiet Trinidadian who was president of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, and his successor, Jeffrey Webb, a Caymanian with five homes in the U.S. and aspirations of becoming president of FIFA. A total of 18 people were indicted, and the fallout from the scandal included the resignation of FIFA's longtime president, Sepp Blatter. With the flair of a novelist, Bensinger meticulously chronicles the magnitude of corruption that permeates the world's most popular sport. (June)

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