I hear the governing body of American football IAFA is demanding that they merge with and adopt the name of global football’s governing body FIFA.
They have told FIFA president Sepp Blatter that they too play football, that theirs too is a healthy outdoor team sport, that their supporters – while admittedly a small global minority restricted to North America – are just as passionate about their game, and that an IAFA name-change and merger with FIFA would give global recognition to American football and show the world it is exactly the same as conventional football.
Politicians and policy-makers at FIFA are sometimes corrupt, frequently foolish and certainly weak enough to be swayed by the decibel level of the noise accompanying the American demands.
Ordinary football supporters on terraces around the world know that the two games are different. But the Americans say they will just have to get over it.