Six months before pantomime season opens in earnest the Fifa farce is in full swing and heading towards a new, almost unimaginable climax.
Suggestions that Sepp Blatter might refuse to quit despite promising to do so, or that he might contest the eventual election to find his successor, smack of a Craggy Island surrealism that made Fr Ted a far more plausible character than Fifa’s Swiss Don.
It is incomprehensible that a world sporting organisation, though ours is hardly a paragon, can be held to ransom by such a transparent old despot. Surely the mechanism exists, or can be found, to facilitate a purge that even Mr Blatter’s most ardent supporters — beneficiaries — cannot pretend is not needed? Millions and millions of words have been written about Blatter, but that he should even float the idea of trying to stay in power shows how weak his opponents are and what a hold he has over Fifa. Time to give him a red card.