Sepp Blatter should not stand as president of Fifa at Wednesday's meeting in Zurich, let alone be re-elected. But he will stand and be re-elected. Only those blind to the greed and hysteria of world football could regard awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar as definitely clean. Blatter knew this, because he was told it over and again. But Fifa is not, as it classes itself, a "world governing body". It is a squalid cartel. The 208 members of Fifa have no interest in rocking Blatter's $1.3bn (untaxed) boat while his rulebook demands a 75% vote to oust him. He can dispense millions to his "electors" and enjoy the security of an autocrat. From his $100m Swiss palace, he calls Fifa "the family within". His nephew, Philippe, controls Fifa's sponsorship and media revenue monopoly.
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