By Brett Forrest
Game of Shadows meets Among the Thugs during this revelatory true-to-life crime mystery and disclose concerning greed, corruption, an Asian crime syndicate, and the solving of foreign football fits on the optimum degrees of the sport, together with the UEFA Champions League and the area Cup.
In February 2013, the director of Europol, the eu Union's legislations enforcement company, made the surprising assertion that seven-hundred foreign football suits were mounted seeing that 2008, together with international Cup qualifying and exhibition fits, with a chinese language legal syndicate pulling the strings. For the 1st time, investigative journalist Brett Forrest takes us contained in the underworld of 1 of equipped crime's so much ecocnomic businesses—a $1 trillion annual overseas making a bet marketplace, of which football contains 70 percentage.
Forrest exposed an online of nefarious dealings the world over, even on U.S. soil. As he stumbled on, no fit is safe—not even the area Cup tournament—and cops lack the assets to prevent it. yet one guy has taken this legal company on: Chris Eaton, former head of safeguard for FIFA. Now with the overseas heart for activities defense in Qatar, this tough and tumble Australian and longtime Interpol cop has tracked down a number of the largest fixers and their monetary backers and keeps his venture to scrub up the world's most well-liked sport.
Filled with headline making revelations, The giant Fix is needs to examining for football fanatics and precise crime aficionados.
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