It was the week that didn't just rock the football world - it rocked the world and football. Big difference. The FBI raid on FIFA's 65th congress HQ in Zurich on Weds morning made headlines everywhere. Quite literally everywhere.
Sepp Blatter's re-election as President of the organisation isn't the end of the story, it's the beginning. That's something I do agree with Greg Dyke about, but I'm at odds with him on a number of other matters.
Before I discuss them lets get this on record. I don't know how much, if anything, Blatter knew or knows about the allegations made by the FBI this week. In truth, few do. But, I do believe the time for change had come and that Blatter should've stepped aside. It might be that events yet force the issue, but right now he's re-elected with a sizeable majority in a democratic vote.
This is where I part company with Dyke, David Gill and the English FA. We're not going to change anything standing on the sidelines screaming and shouting like an errant parent watching their child play on a Saturday morning - something the FA is strong about wanting to stamp out.
As I've mentioned in one or two Twitter exchanges this week, the people making the most noise in an argument can't be presumed to be correct. In fact, it's very often the opposite. And then there's those who resort to name calling. Tell me, just exactly what does that achieve?
No. My view is that we SHOULD be involved right at the very heart of FIFA and Gill has spurned a wonderful opportunity to do that by refusing to sit on any committee chaired by Blatter. Again, I can only think of stroppy schoolboy analogies.
Instead it's likely that Trefor Lloyd Hughes, the President of the FA of Wales, will take the seat that Gill has walked away from. His reaction on the news yesterday 'I'm still upset at the way I was treated by the English'. It's a reference to the fact that Wales believed it was their turn to sit in the executive following Jim Boyce's retirement. I can't see too many favours coming our way from Trefor then can you?
I know and like David Gill. He did a tremendous job as Chief Exec at Manchester United, fighting on behalf of the Glazers and upsetting many Utd punters along the way. It's not easy pleasing all the people all of the time eh David?
I know and like Greg Dyke. He was my Guv'nor at Tv-AM all those years ago, but there's a few matters he seems to have conveniently forgotten about during his time at the FA. For instance, whose idea was the P Lge Greg? As head of LWT, who tried to set up a breakaway competition with the then 'big 5' condemning the rest of the English game to almost certain oblivion. Yes, that's right Greg - you. And as we prepare to welcome the great and the good back into the Royal Box for today's FA Cup final read this from the excellent Brian Reade
In the Mirror today.
In The Telegraph today Gary Neville is arguing for ANOTHER player boycott. He says 'if stars like Messi and Ronaldo boycotted the WC, the regime would be finished'. Come on Gary.
Before you all start screaming and shouting - and hurling more daft name calling insults in my direction - let me finish.
Gary comes from a family of top class people. I've known his Dad, Neville, for years. Nice guy. Phil is a very close mate. And I repeat what I've stated here more than once - it was my idea, along with Geoff Shreeves, to get Gary for Sky Sports. He's done brilliantly, but I do wish people would challenge him more often, and I'd still love to see him in a debate about football with Andy. That was the original idea!
So this has nothing to do with a dislike of Sky or Gary. But player boycotts? Come on Gary, you tried that once as an England player over mis-placed support for Rio Ferdinand, and ended up facing an embarrassing climb down. It didn't work then and it won't work now. Boycotts never do. Could you imagine trying to persuade either Ronaldo or Messi not to go to a WC? Who do we suggest shouldn't go from England? Rooney? Good luck with that call as well Gary, although as England coach it should be easy to make.
More than ever this is a time for the rule of the ballot box. All through time that has never changed. We're threatening to reduce ourselves to some kind of third world rabble that takes to the streets to stir up trouble trying to persuade the minority that the majority got it wrong.
We need a strident, calm and disciplined approach to the alleged ills at FIFA now.
Whisper to FIFA's sponsors. Whisper to Government. Gently persuade and cajole. Running up and down that touchline screaming and shouting isn't going to change anything. In fact, it'll have the opposite effect.
It appears that people at home believe the more noise created about perceived wrong doings at FIFA the more effect it'll have. Let me tell you, sitting where I do now - outside the UK borders - it doesn't. Again, it has quite the opposite effect. The rest of the world sees us as arrogant and living in a land that time forgot. Yes, we gave football to the world, but we don't own it. Why do you think it is that so many of them want to give us a bloody nose so often? We'll never get another WC like this.
Like it or not, Blatter is back. None of us knows for how long. But trust me, talk of boycotts, screaming and shouting and bullying isn't going to get us anywhere. Especially when you take much of Brian Reade's article into account today.