The ‘beautiful game’ has turned ugly. Scandal after scandal has rocked the multi-billion euro football industry. FIFA’s awarding of the 2018 and 2022 world cups to Russia and Qatar remains mired in controversy. In this investigation, we examine the conflicting interests of FIFA and the sometimes criminal actions of footballers’ agents. Many of them, like Jean-Pierre Bernes, have been convicted of corruption but continue to dominate the sport. We also look at the way boys like 12 year old Madin – who already has an agent and sponsor – are turned into commodities to be packaged and traded.
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