I’m sometimes loathe to focus on the ineptitude of Sepp Blatter, because I think the oafishness of the FIFA president sometimes distracts football fans from the enormous, structural unaccountability within FIFA. But it’s worth pointing out Blatter and FIFA’s sometimes mind-bending disconnect between official attitudes of tolerance on the one hand, and his public courting of authoritarian, repressive governments on the other.

And ahead of the FIFA annual congress in Mauritius, here we go again:


So some mind-boggling sexism, and then an answer on tolerance of homosexuality one might expect from the Vatican.