Football and Gangsters: How Organised Crime Controls the Beautiful GamePaperback
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- Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 208 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 193mm x 20mm | 23g
- Publication date: 28 September 2007
- Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
- ISBN 10: 1845962478
- ISBN 13: 9781845962470
- Illustrations note: 1 x 8pp b/w
- Sales rank: 148,287
Who controls football in Britain today? The FA? The clubs? The fans? The shocking reality is that organised crime is moving in more aggressively than a Wayne Rooney tackle and there's little the authorities can do about it. "Football and Gangsters" is a revealing investigation into how organised crime has begun to take hold behind the scenes of professional football. Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand and Robbie Fowler are just some of the sport's big names to have fallen foul of the game's godfathers and paid the price. Their alarming stories are told here. Criminal organisations have manoeuvred themselves into a position of power in football. Drug dealers launder money by buying clubs; hooligan gangs have muscled their way into the boardroom; and the influence of Asian betting rings continues to grow. Through a series of dangerous undercover investigations, along with interviews with players, club officials, police and the underworld figures responsible, the sensational evidence is laid bare in this book.
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Former investigations editor at the Sunday Mirror, Graham Johnson is now a full-time crime writer and author of the bestselling Powder Wars and Druglord.
"Book of the Week" Independent on Sunday "Loyal followers of "the beautiful game" will be astonished by some of the revelations in this fascinating book, which spreads the net far and wide" Programme Monthly "'Football and Gangsters will tell you more than you thought you wanted to know'" When Saturday Comes "This is a book that really gets under the skin of "the beautiful game" Belfast Sunday Life