Football Leaks: what they revealed about 'the beautiful game'

By Michael Hajdenberg, Michel Henry, Yann Philippin

Throughout December, Mediapart and its 11 partners in the journalistic consortium European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) have published a catalogue of revelations about the corrupt practices in football, including tax evasion and money-laundering on a vast scale, and involving some of the best-known players, managers and agents in the game. The disclosures came from documents supplied by the whistle-blowing platform Football Leaks, and expose a startling state of affairs on and off the pitch. At the end of this long series of reports, which have now  prompted a judicial investigation in France, Michael Hajdenberg, Michel Henry, Yann Philippin summarise the principal findings of the EIC and review the surprisingly timid reactions of the regulating authorities of the world’s most popular sport.  

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On December 2nd, Mediapart and its 11 partner news organisations in the journalistic consortium European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) began publishing what would become an almost month-long series of revelations that have rocked the world of football, exposing corruption, tax evasion, money-laundering and more.