Politics and football are no strangers. Organising bodies such as FIFA, UEFA and the Olympic committees marinate themselves in political intrigue. There has often been a whiff of corruption about FIFA, dating back decades. The most recent debates about Russia and Qatar and the World Cup have only served to rekindle some deep-rooted concerns about the legitimacy of bidding and selection processes. Beer and sandwiches for the number 10 Football has always been the sport of the “sweaty, horny-handed sons of the soil” and the pinky-ringed classes have always looked down on the football fan. Back in the 1970s, a future Bank of England governor, when told I was a Chelsea fan, frowned and suggested that I might like to get interested in “rugger”,…