Without any apparent semblance of irony, Sepp Blatter has been named “Swiss of the Year” for 2015 by a prominent Swiss newspaper.
Indeed, Die Weltwoche (who have something of a reputation for siding with controversial figures) have bestowed the honour to Blatter in the very year he was suspended from his post as FIFA president due mainly to the fact that he’s currently smack dab in the middle of a major international corruption investigation.
Nevertheless, here’s how Die Weltwoche’s front page looks today…
Aktuelle Ausgabe: «Ich kämpfe bis zum Schluss» – SVP-Sünneli über der Romandie – «Die Galaxie zählt auf uns!» pic.twitter.com/8FLK7oEiwv
— Die Weltwoche (@Weltwoche) December 16, 2015
As German publication Sport comments, the accompanying article reads “like satire but is in fact quite serious”.
According to a video statement issued by Weltwoche journalist Beat Gygi, Blatter’s commendation comes as a result of his tireless dedication to “promoting development in the shadows”.
Indeed, the gushing headline praises Blatter and his cronies for waging a “thorny fight for a better world”.
We wish we were joking, we really do.