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It’s time to stop the personal attacks on Sepp Blatter

Now Sepp Blatter has stepped down as president of Fifa he has decided he is going to use all of his spare time to concentrate on improving his tennis game: rumour has it that his forehand is nothing special but his back-handers are amazing. He is the archetypal man we love to hate. From mercilessly […]

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Bernie Ecclestone endorses Sepp Blatter as “the best man for football”

This week in Off The Ball, Charles Nurick takes a sideways look at the news that F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has endorsed Sepp Blatter as “the best man for football”. Sepp Blatter leaving FIFA would be fantastic. But not for the reasons you might expect: Sepp Blatter is a comedy genius. There, I’ve said it, […]

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World’s worst team wins match

Bhutan, a tiny nation of 750,000 nestled between the cloud-topped peaks of the Himalayas, is best known for it’s government policy of measuring Gross National Happiness. It is perhaps unsurprising, therefore, that for those hardened by the reprobative goings on of professional football, Bhutan’s World Cup story so far is better than Prozac. When I […]

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FIFA’s Farcical Actions Continue to Tarnish the Sport’s Reputation

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), football’s world governing body, was again racked by scandal this week when it was announced that Michael Garcia, an independent ethics investigator, had resigned in protest over the handling of a report into alleged corruption.   The report in question looked into the bidding process for the 2018 […]