Football and Gangsters: How Organised Crime Controls the Beautiful Game

Overview

No one might be willing to admit it, but criminal organizations have maneuvred themselves into a position of power in soccer. Drug-dealers launder money by buying clubs, hooligan gangs have muscled their way into big-time crime and 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 Football and ...

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Overview

No one might be willing to admit it, but criminal organizations have maneuvred themselves into a position of power in soccer. Drug-dealers launder money by buying clubs, hooligan gangs have muscled their way into big-time crime and 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 Football and Gangsters.

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Editorial Reviews

BBC Radio Five Live
An amazing book . . . a great read featuring some of the biggest names in English football.
Kevin Mackenzie
A fantastic read and scary stuff.
TalkSPORT
From the Publisher
“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 without being bogged down in evidence-related detail.”
Programme Monthly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840187922
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Johnson is a crime writer and author of the bestselling Powder Wars and Druglord. He is a former investigations editor at the Sunday Mirror and during ten years on Fleet Street covered subjects including child slavery, people smuggling, drugs and the Balkan Wars.

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Soccer and Crime: the Culture     7
Wayne Rooney: the Gangsters Move In     13
Wayne Rooney: the Sex Tapes     29
Wayne Rooney: Blackmail and Extortion     61
Steven Gerrard: Taxmen and Drug-Dealer     77
Steven Gerrard: Moving to Chelsea...Can Damage Your Health     97
Rio Ferdinand: Rude Boys     105
Leeds United: Cutting Costs by Drugging Players?     113
Michael Owen: Baby Face     125
Robbie Fowler: the [pound]28-Million Man     133
The Footy Player, the Rap Star and the Gangster     147
Extortion Epidemic: the Case Studies     151
Mark Ward: Scoring Goals - Scoring Coke     157
Retraining for Rackets: Mickey Thomas and Stephen Cole     171
Scottish Soccer: a Gangsters' Paradise     179
Global Football Graft     189
Epilogue - Hooligans, Money-Launderers and Agents     197

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