It would appear FIFA and the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) want you to believe that nothing can be done.
There's no possible way they can wind back the "decision" to reduce the number of voting clubs in the upcoming but unscheduled FAT presidential elections from 184 to 72.
It's a done deal.
Letters have zipped between Zurich and Bangkok. FIFA functionaries have been arriving in the Thai capital. Incumbent FAT president Worawi Makudi has been doing the rounds of TV programs.
Despite Pattaya FC threatening to stick to its guns and reject the decision, the club withdrew from its court action that was stopping the Thai FA elections going ahead.
Makudi has got a temporary reprieve.
His two-year term ended on June 16. He's not officially in control of anything but he won't budge, citing Article 17 of the FAT statutes, which permits him to effectively put his feet up on the desk, whistle a tune and twiddle his thumbs in the guise of "acting president".
Even though Thai sports law stipulates the new election has to be held within 30 days.
Even though rival candidate Virach Charnpanich says: "The term of Worawi and his executive board has completely ended. They longer have authority to run the FAT."
Makudi told the press on Tuesday there was nothing he could do.
"FIFA again stated clearly in a letter sent to us that we must approve the new FAT rules before we can hold the poll. We can do nothing to change FIFA's decision. We can't find another way to get round that."
You get that? It was "FIFA's decision". Noble Makudi. Remaking himself as the people's champion!
The fact is the reduction of the number was a suggestion. Not a direction. It was never binding.
And we are to believe there was nothing anyone at the FAT could do?
Not only that. According to Makudi, it's all the handiwork of FIFA.
"FIFA know everything because they researched the number of teams playing in the country's domestic competitions. They subsequently proposed a new structure for Thai football. I myself want teams from each province to have voting rights. But FIFA saw that those teams were still not run professionally."
But another candidate, Pinit Ngarmpring, rubbishes this claim.
"We are not aware of FIFA researching anything because Worawi Makudi has been the only channel of FIFA to Thai football," he told me on Friday. "And that is the fact. Why doesn't FIFA also take advice or opinion from all football stakeholders and find an acceptable solution?
"Both amateur and professional clubs are important to the development of football. We cannot discriminate amateurs just because they do not have money or are not 'professional'. And if we apply that logic, why do countries such as Thailand, Sri Lanka, Trinidad, Laos and other places where football is not fully professional have rights to vote at FIFA?
"How can we change voting eligibility based on information that is coming from an incumbent president? If Worawi's claim is true, FIFA should change the way it rules world football if they really want to be perceived as a transparency organisation."
He makes some pretty compelling points.
Meanwhile, the country is in uproar. Fans of Thai football have made their feelings clear by posting pics of themselves holding up signs calling for Makudi to be removed ("VV Get Out") and using the same phrase (#vvgetout) for hashtags on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. A TV news poll that asked viewers who they wanted as Thai FA president saw Makudi attract 0.15 per cent of the vote. Not even one per cent.
If Makudi were a regular politician answerable to the Thai public, he would arguably not be in office. But he is a football politician. He is answerable ultimately to FIFA. And they are answerable to nobody.
As Ngarmpring says, does anyone at FIFA bother to ask Thai football supporters what they want? How they want to see their country's FA run? Do they stop for a minute to read the public mood? Or, as some of their critics in Thailand see it, are they just happy to give whoever is president the political leverage they require and damn everyone else?
The future of Thai football is crucial to the future of football in South-East Asia, a region that wants to stage the World Cup in 2034.
But the way FIFA ignores Thai fans, you'd think they were following a different sport altogether.
And it's a disgrace.