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The secret ingredient to Piegate? Lack of a compliance program

Bill Coffin | February 27, 2017

If you don’t follow English football, then you might have missed one of the more unusual ethics scandals to roil the sporting world recently: Piegate.

First, a little background. In England, there are five different tiers of professional and semi-professional football (soccer) leagues. The top, the Premier League, is comprised of global powerhouse teams, like Manchester United. The bottom, the National League, is comprised of tiny teams whose players typically hold a day job other than their position on the team. Once a year, the FA Cup is a national tournament in which all pro and semipro teams compete, creating the possibility that a Tier 5 team might match up with a Tier 1 team in a single-elimination match. Sometimes, the underdog prevails in a true David vs. Goliath upset. They don’t call this the Kingkiller Tournament for nothing.

In February, the FA Cup hit its fifth round, and Arsenal—one of the top teams in the Premier League—matched up with lowly... To get the full story, subscribe now.