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You couldn’t make Sepp Blatter up. Not content with the organisation over which he presides having sold . . . sorry, mistake, delete that . . . having awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, a country with absolutely no domestic history in the game,  with summer temperatures that will require all the games to be played indoors, and with immigration laws that deny entry purely on the basis of nationality, he has now made a joke of another of the potential host country’s quirks, its ban on homosexuality. Sepp’s solution: (shrug) (smirk) gay fans can refrain from sexual activity while they are there. (Okay, I’ve inserted the shrug and the smirk, but you can picture those, can’t you.)

I’m not alone in being offended. This by John Ameichi, a respected gay sportsman.


There’s another line in the story that caught my attention, another quote from Herr President. “I think there is too much concern for a competition that will be done only in 12 years.” That reveals a lot about his mind-set. He’s 74; by the time of the Qatari World Cup he’ll be 87, so there’s a fair chance he’ll be looking up at it by that time. (Although maybe not, on the basis that only the good die young.) So, although he knows that millions of people around the world are offended by his organisation and by its conduct, he doesn’t actually give a shit.

Clearly, Blatter should be removed from office, but it’s not going to happen.

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