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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to bring the FIFA scandal to the big screen

Adam Hurrey

Published 29/06/2015 | 15:18

Just as you thought the footballing saga of the summer was close to wrapping up, the FIFA scandal is going to be made into a Hollywood movie - produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck - after Warner Brothers reportedly acquired the rights to forthcoming book Houses of Deceit.

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The book - by Buzzfeed's investigative reporter Ken Bensinger - focuses on the role of considerably-more-sizeable-than-life figure Chuck Blazer in one of the biggest corruption scandals sport has ever seen. Blazer admitted in 2013 to multiple charges of bribery, money laundering and tax evasion before agreeing to go undercover with the FBI - with a microphone installed in his keyring - and help bring down other corrupt Fifa executives.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will be directed by Gavin O'Connor (who recently worked with Affleck on The Accountant) and will no doubt hope to eclipse the box-office performance of Fifa's own $25m vanity project United Passions - which became officially the lowest-grossing film in US history.

Blazer - who also spent 17 years on Fifa's executive committee - earned the nickname "Mr Ten Percent" during his time as General Secretary of CONCACAF, as he negotiated unprecedented sponsorship and broadcast deals that afforded him a luxurious lifestyle - including a $6,000-a-month Manhattan apartment just for his cats. No details of the new film's potential cast members have been divulged, but there appears to be a global consensus on the outstanding candidate to play the big man:

One actor you might be safely able to rule out, however, is Tim Roth, who said he only took on the role of Sepp Blatter in United Passions due to financial troubles and admitted his father would be “turning in his grave” at the idea.

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