Sepp Blatter to meet Pope Francis

FIFA President Sepp Blatter is to share a private audience with Pope Francis.

It promises to be a meeting of two of the world’s most powerful leaders: the pope defers only to God; Blatter to no one.

FIFA says that Blatter, who is Roman Catholic, will meet the pope in Rome on November 22.

The pope, a keen football fan, grew up as a supporter of Argentine club San Lorenzo in his native country.

Blatter wrote to him then, saying “we have learned that Your Holiness is a passionate follower of our sport and of a club nicknamed ‘The Holy Team’ no less.”

One hopes for the Pontiff’s sake that Blatter does not request confession. The scheduled meeting could interfere with the Christmas schedule.

“Bless me Father for I have sinned…a lot.”