In their infinite wisdom, FIFA have announced that the dual hosts for the next month’s Ballon d’Or ceremony will be Kate Abdo and James Nesbitt.
One is a multilingual British sports presenter, the other is that bloke with the eyebrows from Cold Feet/the Yellow Pages adverts.
FIFA broke the news in an official statement on their website this morning, enthusing about Nesbitt’s credentials thus:
Known worldwide for his starring role in the recent adaptation of The Hobbit by Hollywood, Nesbitt will debut at the ceremony.
This passionate supporter of Manchester United has himself often been rewarded in his time, but on January 11, he will officiate in emcee alongside football stars.
As is usually the case with all things FIFA, the truth is stranger than fiction once again.