Campbell can hardly criticise dirty tactics and foul play

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Perhaps Sepp Blatter missed a trick when he didn’t invite Alastair Campbell to join his FIFA working party.

Here is a man, after all, who is used to operating in an environment of sleaze and mistrust, where power was abused as a matter of course and decisions were shrouded in doubt and suspicion.

The former Labour spin doctor also attempted to establish his footballing credentials by turning out in a charity match at Burnley recently, where he got himself involved in a spot of bother with a little chap from something called The Wanted.

We were treated to the unlikely sight of an indignant Campbell actually reprimanding someone else for resorting to dirty tactics and foul play.

Whatever next?