Darren Foreman’s Chipping In: When will Blatter learn his lesson?

Darren Foreman's Chipping In - sponsored by La Piazza, Huntriss Row, Scarborough
Darren Foreman's Chipping In - sponsored by La Piazza, Huntriss Row, Scarborough

The leaders of the beautiful game just can’t help themselves can they?

Whether it’s FIFA chief Sepp Blatter or Michel Platini at UEFA, they both keep putting their foot in it.

HANGZHOU, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 27:  FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter taks to media at a press conference before the Womens World Cup 2007 Semi Final match between USA and Brazil at Hangzhou Dragon Stadium on September 27, 2007 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province of China. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

HANGZHOU, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 27: FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter taks to media at a press conference before the Womens World Cup 2007 Semi Final match between USA and Brazil at Hangzhou Dragon Stadium on September 27, 2007 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province of China. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

They must have size 15 feet they keep putting their foot in it that much.

Blatter might think Lionel Messi is more of a model pro than Cristiano Ronaldo, but he should keep his views to himself and concentrate on his job, which is clearly very important.

They’re thinking about changing the format of the World Cup, which I think would dilute the competition slightly.

They just seem intent on messing things up.

First they give the World Cup to Qatar and might have to move it to winter due to the soaring temperatures.

How many gaffes will they both be allowed to make?

I see that the local press in the north east have been banned by Newcastle United.

A similar thing happened at my club Southampton after comments were made about chairman Nicola Cortese, but it’s all a bit petty.

Mike Ashley is on a hiding to nothing there, especially after the appointment of Joe Kinnear as director of football.

You have to feel sorry for manager Alan Pardew.

Last mention goes to Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel.

To win his fourth driver’s championship aged just 26 is a massive achievement.

Maybe one day he will get the credit he deserves, but I don’t think the Mark Webber incident did him any favours.

The Ballon D’or is announced in January, and although Messi and Ronaldo will be favourites, I don’t think you can look past Rickie Lambert.

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:

Has to go to Vettel. Great achievement in winning a fourth championship in India.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

“One has more expenses for the hairdresser than the other, but that doesn’t matter.”

FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Cristiano Ronaldo.