Sepp Blatter celebrates his re-election last month. The triumph proved short-lived. Photo: Getty Images
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Sepp Blatter stands down as Fifa president

Sepp Blatter, the controversial chief of Fifa, has resigned.

Sepp Blatter, the head of Fifa, football's global governing body, has resigned. Blatter, who was relected last Friday, has unexpectedly stood down.

His re-election was opposed by Uefa, European football's governing body, and a quarter of European FAs, raising the prospect of a breakaway by some of world football's biggest teams. Chris Bryant, Labour's shadow Culture Secretary, had called on the United Kingdom's FAs to consider boycotting the World Cups in Russia and Qatar. 

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Brexit campaign publishes private phone numbers of Eurosceptic rivals

Leave.EU hate the EU and hate Vote Leave who also hate the EU. What could go wrong?

Remember Leave.EU? Not to be confused with Vote Leave, which is the pro-Brexit group led by one of the former mayors with Hitler tourettes, or with Grassroots Out, which was the group with the neon green ties, or with UKIP. Even though Grassroots Out, UKIP and Leave.EU are all funded by Arron Banks, a multi-millionaire with interests in the British Virgin Islands who lives in a mansion once owned by the prog rock musician Mike Oldfield. Glad that’s all clear.

Anyway, Leave.EU still exists, even after Vote Leave was designated as the official Leave campaign – spending more of its time attacking the conduct, tactics and key figures of Vote Leave rather than, you know, that big EU thing they’re supposed to hate so much.

One of their main sources of frustration is Vote Leave’s refusal to have UKIP leader Nigel Farage as its representative in any of the EU debates. So, obviously, rather than pressing their case through normal channels, Leave.EU did what any respectable organisation would, and emailed the private phone numbers of senior figures at the BBC and Vote Leave out to its entire mailing list.

Which, needless to say, upset those people. Douglas Carswell sent a message asking for his number to be removed, so of course Leave.EU published that too.

No wonder the Brexiters are so opposed to international cooperation when they can’t even keep the peace on their own side. 

I'm a mole, innit.