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The president of Fifa pushes back the frontiers of evil

By David Goldblatt  

As well as receiving a civic honour, Sepp Blatter has also appeared in an alarming police video

Perhaps it was the last minute overnight flight, perhaps it was the mounting sense of panic that I was going to miss my luggage or my connection, but when I arrived in Johannesburg I didn’t feel like I had landed on Planet Football. A single, rather disconsolate woman was handing out tiny Coke cans to new arrivals,…

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