There is no other way to say this. FIFA President Sepp Blatter is an embarrassment to a proud sport and must go now. If he doesn’t resign he should be summarily dismissed although given FIFA’s convoluted governance structure and Blatter’s arrogant cussedness it may not be quite as simple as that. He has inhabited a parallel universe (somewhere between planet headinthesand and planet outoftouch) but his latest pronouncements show that Blatter possesses not one iota of the skills required to lead the world’s biggest sport. It’s not as if his ‘shake and make up’ comments on racism were a first offence, indeed in isolation these would not be a shooting offence. But there is a litany of abject and risable mismanagement associated with Blatter’s reign. He has managed to offend, ridicule and generally demean nearly every demographic involved in the sport. Way back in 2004 he suggested the fastest growing group should take a leaf out of beach volleyball’s book and legislate that women wear skimpy outfits and more make up presumably in the short time they were released from the confines of the kitchen and the bedroom? In the lead up to the ‘momentous’ decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, rather than take up the cudgels for gay rights in a country where homosexuality is outlawed he obsequiously tugged his forelock and decided it would be better for all if they merely refrained from practising sex during the tournament. Global claims of match fixing have been passed off as isolated incidents and a 19th century attitude to technology are further indictments on a tenure characterised by a total lack of leadership. Throughout this tenure FIFA has been beset by governance problems culminating in the woeful and weird 2022 finale. And now this! Sport has the power to change things for the better and there are a myriad of examples where this happens. Football has achieved more than its fair share but for all its’ pre-eminence and potential it is at the very pinnacle where it founders and flounders. No doubt about it, Blatter is a dinosaur that should have been made extinct many years ago.