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The FIFA Corruption Scandal

In May 2015 Swiss plainclothes policemen entered the luxury Baur au Lac hotel where FIFA, world football’s governing body, were holding their annual general meeting. After enquiring with reception about room numbers, they went upstairs, knocked on various doors, and promptly arrested six delegates. Later that day, on the other side of the Atlantic, in New Year, the Justice Department ...

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The Shame of Marseille

Marseille are one of the best supported and successful clubs in French football, In 1993 they were flying high. Under charismatic chairman Bernard Tapie, a businessman, politician, occasional actor and singer, and TV host they had won the French Championship for the past four seasons and were favourites to do so again, And, for the second time in three years ...

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The murder that shocked the world

Ahead of the 2004 World Cup. Columbia had high hopes that they could win the tournament for the first time in their history. They had topped South American World Cup qualifying, had humiliated Argentine 5 – 0 in front of their home fans in Buenos Aires, and even Pelé had made tipped them as eventual winners, But they failed to ...

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Calciopoli – Serie A’s Darkest Hour

It is regarded as the darkest hour in the history of Serie A, and one that has left an indelible stain on the reputation of the country’s biggest club, Juventus. AC Milan, Lazio, and Fiorentina also subsequently became implicated in what became known as Calciopoli (Footballgate). And even 15 years after the sentences were handed out, the legacy of it ...

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The biggest scandals in the history of football

Whilst football may be the beautiful game, played and watched by hundreds of millions of people, due its popularity and profitability it is not immune from scandal. The sport has seen more than its fair share of corruption and misdeeds over the years, ranging from the taking of bribes at high level to match fixing, whilst there have been legion ...

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