Time for a spring clean

So, the (oxymoron alert) Fifa ethics committee has opened an investigation into its president, Sepp Blatter. Not before time, some would say. The most amusing part of the whole exercise is that Mohamed bin Hammam, who denies bribery, has accused Sepp Blatter of knowing about the alleged cash payments. Talk about ‘own goal’.

Spain top new Fifa rankings

Spain have overtaken Brazil, as have Holland, in the latest FIFA world rankings following the World Cup in South Africa. England, despite going out in the last 16, have risen one place to seventh. Italy have dropped to 26th and France to 29th.