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“The toughest human beings I have encountered”: Photographer Jason Andrew and the Black Diamonds project (part two)

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In the second part of our interview with photographer Jason Andrew on his “Black Diamonds” project, he reveals some of the personal struggles the players went through and the complex nature of the international movement of young players – especially from regions of the world experiencing economic challenges. The “Black Diamonds” project began in 2010 […]

Regulation enforcement

Mission 89 calls for strict enforcement of transfer regulations following allegations against Chelsea FC

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Allegations against Chelsea Football Club that it has broken FIFA rules by allegedly signing 25 foreign players under the age of 18 must be taken seriously, according to Mission 89. The report, published in The Guardian, reveals an investigation carried out by the compliance unit of FIFA’s transfer matching system flagged 25 player cases in which […]

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Abandoned and alone: Photographer Jason Andrew reveals the lives of scammed African football players in Istanbul

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Photographer Jason Andrew grew up in California, USA, and taught at an elementary school for four years before studying photography. He has since been published in Time, the Financial Times, the New Yorker, and the British Journal of Photography, among others. In 2010, Andrew traveled to Istanbul in Turkey where he met aspiring footballers from […]

mission 89 in the media

LISTEN: How Mission 89 is working to reveal “football’s dirty little secret” in this interview with Football Nation Radio

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Football has a dirty little secret: the movement of players from Africa to Europe and Asia. It is a complex issue that involves exploitation of young athletes and at its worst examples is defined as human trafficking. Just like a typical football match there are many forces in play and many individuals with specific roles […]

the issue

If you think slavery is something from the past, then check out this report that earned the attention of Paul Pogba

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Slavery exists today. A report from CNN has exposed a modern day slave trade in Libya where migrants from Nigeria, Niger, Mali, and other African countries are sold as products. Manchester United’s Paul Pogba used his goal celebration in a return-from-injury Premier League game against Newcastle United in October to highlight the issue. After scoring […]