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Born survivor Blatter remains untouchable in face of scandal

Published 31/05/2011 | 05:00

Sepp Blatter talks to the media during a press conference in Zurich, Switzerland, yesterday
Sepp Blatter talks to the media during a press conference in Zurich, Switzerland, yesterday

By comparison with John Gotti, the mob leader they called The Teflon Don, Fifa president Sepp Blatter has a far superior talent. Not only do charges against him not stick, they do not touch.

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They do not impinge on his extraordinary front, his capacity to deflect any question, however informed by the realities of his organisation's scandalous situation, with statements of stunning complacency.

Last night, he faced the world not as a man charged with bringing the world's best game into the most serious disrepute in its history, but as the indignant head of a happy but briefly inconvenienced family. He told reporters to mind their manners because they were not in a bazaar.

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