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Book Review: The Lost Boys—Inside Football’s Slave Trade by Ed Hawkins

By Chris Tilbury   February 2016

Bloomsbury, £18.99

UnknownFor more than a decade, Fifa, football’s governing body, has been embroiled in a scandal that has damaged the sport and seen Sepp Blatter, its President, and Michel Platini, the head of European football, suspended from footballing activity for eight years. Now Fifa has a new challenge and it comes in the form of underage boys, mainly from Africa and with dreams of playing for Europe’s top clubs, being smuggled into southern Europe by “unscrupulous agents and grasping scouts.”

Told that he was going…

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