By Jesse Fink
He remains standing. Defiant. Indestructible. If there is anything that can stop Sepp Blatter I've yet to discover what it is.
Damning investigative journalism won't. The lost respect of football fans won't. His own constituents won't (they're drawn to cash handouts from Zurich like a baby to mother's milk).
Even the report of FIFA's own ethics investigation into the ISL scandal, which called his conduct "clumsy" (a gentle way of saying "poorly handled"), won't have the slightest effect on his position whatsoever.
You see, while his predecessor, Joao Havelange, and a cast of FIFA executive committee members have been taken down in corruption probes or fallen on their swords to avoid recrimination for past misdoings, Blatter, 77, has made it clear he isn't going anywhere.
He was in Kuala Lumpur last week, telling the Asian Football Confederation Congress: "This will be the last term of, not of office, the last term of the reform."
Clever stuff. The man some regard as the greatest pox on the governance of football has somehow recast himself as the father of the reform movement. He's the man to save football. Never mind that under his presidency all this detestable corruption flourished to unprecedented levels. It has nothing to do with him. He knew nothing. He saw nothing. He was and remains lilywhite. His position is clear: If I wasn't directly involved and there is no proof I did anything wrong, why should I resign?
Normally, simple honour would dictate his resignation.
If FIFA were listed on the stockmarket, would its chairman or CEO still be around after presiding over such incalculable damage to the company brand?
If FIFA were a government, would its president or prime minister still be around after watching a dozen of his ministers depart in disgrace?
No, on both counts. But as we have learned, FIFA is a law unto itself.
And so is its self-styled superman: Blatter.
As I see it, Blatter's determined not to go anywhere because it would appear there are very few options available to him. What organisation would voluntarily elect to hire a man whose name is a byword for incubating endemic sleaze?
While the rest of the world looks askance at the leadership of FIFA, Blatter himself doesn't see a problem.
He thinks he's not too old to carry on. He believes he's got plenty to offer. He wants us to subscribe to the idea that football is not just safe in his hands but that its best interests are being served.
He is wrong on each count.
You had your shot at goal, Sepp. You fluffed it. It's time to give the game away.