One never really has to make fun of Sepp Blatter the top man in the morally bankrupt Fifa. You don’t have to, because he does it himself.
And lo and behold he’s just done it again.
It seems that a book of satirical drawings of a character who looks like Blatter and has the title The Platter Cartoons’, has been produced by former footballer Olé Andersen. So what has Mr Bean sorry Blatter done? He’s gone to court to get the book banned.
That’s amusing enough – and leads to the speculation that if Private Eye runs extracts from the book he might try to get Private Eye banned too.
But even more amusing is what the Blattarian legal team came up with in court. It is that “Mr Blatter has a good reputation and if the cartoons were published he would never be able to repair the damage.”
Andrew Jennings in the Transparency in Sport blog picked up on this and wrote,”Many months ago I had the privilege of seeing some of the cartoons and I understand why Blatter hates them: their sin is not to take the emperor of world football as seriously as he takes himself.”
Blatter and Jennings are old adversaries as Blatter had a bash at stopping the 2006 publication, ‘Foul! The secret world of Fifa: bribes, vote rigging and ticket scandals’. But when the publisher said it would challenge the injunction Blatter backed down.
However this time it looks a bit as if Blatter and Fifa have persuaded Switzerland to abandon the sort of liberal publishing laws that we are used to in England, for the Swiss Court seems to have announced that if any of the cartoons are published anywhere in the world, Jennings could be fined up to 10,000 Swiss Francs.
However newspapers in Denmark and Switzerland are making fun of Blatter, without actually publishing the cartoons. It’s easy to do of course, but is still fun.
Meanwhile it is not looking too good in Brazil…
This comes from The Shin Guardian
While the clock is counting down to the 2014 World Cup, Brazil hurries to get the necessary infrastructure in place to host the tournament.
A recent report by the Tribunal das Contas da Uinão (TCU, Brazil’s Federal Accounting Authority) has indicated that many of Brazil’s World Cup projects are being conducted with a gross lack of transparency, a lack of concrete planning, and exploding budgets.
The main targets of the TCU report are Rio’s Maracanã and Salvador’s Novo Fonte Nova, stadium projects which have jumped into the billions.
The report was firm in declaring that the Maracanã stadium’s contract process was completely opaque and that the budget “borders on complete fiction”.
It was ever thus.