Timing of the week
Last week's top two equality headlines: 1) Fifa confirming four women will stand in May's executive committee elections, part of Sepp Blatter's 2011 pledge to "end our macho culture". 2) Fifa's independent ethics adviser Mark Pieth telling Süddeutsche Zeitung why Fifa executives blocked two of his choices to lead their internal investigatory body. Pieth said "the old men of Fifa" refused to be judged by a woman. "They live 20 years in the past."
• Also last week: Sepp, in his 14th year running football, adding his experience to Europol's match-fixing report: "We are in a game and in a game there are always cheats. The cheats will never be stopped."
Meanwhile: family first
200: The number of specially discounted tickets reserved by Uefa for families at the 2013 Champions League final – £128 for one adult and one child, part of Michel Platini's pledge to make the game open to all.
27,000: The number of tickets reserved for Uefa's football family.
Moral high ground latest
December: Harry Redknapp fines José Bosingwa £130,000 for refusing to sit on the bench, attacking an "unbelievable" culture of overpaid players. January: QPR commit £53m for two new signings. February: "I've had a chat with José and as far as I'm concerned the matter is closed. It's time to draw a line and all pull together."
President of the week
Palermo's Maurizio Zamparini – consistently angered by press questions over the future of Gian Piero Gasperini, his 24th coach since 2002:
October: "Don't be demented. Gasperini stays here." November: "He stays for years to come." December: "I back him 110%. He's excellent." 29 January: "Let me explain this, just one more time. I will not be hiring another coach this season. Gasp stays here." 4 Feb: Sacks him.
• Zamparini's verdict on last week's public reaction: "People love me in Palermo. They stop me in the street and urge me to stay. You're going to get the odd person spitting at your car, but it ends there."
The buildups to last week's other exits:
• 29 January: Roma director Walter Sabatini, unhappy with press speculation over coach Zdenek Zeman. "Listen, we've held in-depth talks with him and we're totally satisfied. We will fight our future battles together."
• 5 February: Nottingham Forest chairman Fawaz al-Hasawi: "Alex McLeish and I talk at least twice a day. We have a very good relationship. It troubles me greatly that people think otherwise."
Bad week for
Midfielder Ever Banega – admitting he's "on death row" at Valencia after local press claimed he trained while drunk. Banega, who spent six months out injured last year after being run over by his own car when he left the handbreak off, had his first final warning in 2008 - censured for "defiling himself for strangers" on his webcam. Valencia directors said leaked footage titled "Banega: always big" was "unacceptable to us… We want no more off-field shame."
Press conference of the week
Croatia: Dinamo Zagreb owner Zdravko Mamic, asked by journalists if his critics have a point. "Look, I hear voices all the time – the voice of God, the voice of the Virgin Mary – but I never heard a voice saying Dinamo could have a better owner." Local press say Mamic then "rose up, took off his jacket to reveal a sweat-soaked shirt, and shouted: 'What do you people want from me? My liver? My kidneys?'"
Brazil: Guarani director of football Isaías Tinoco, banned for 90 days after a pre-match confrontation with officials. The referee reported: "He offered us three different teamsheets before kick-off. When we asked if it was some sort of joke, Mr Tinocco began marauding, pointing his finger, saying in a very high-pitched voice that he would not be pushed around." The fourth official said Tinoco was "restrained until calm".
Clarification of the week
Paraguay: Olimpia president Marcelo Recanate, asked to reflect on November's attack on FA head Juan Angel Napout as an "embezzler", a man who "laughs at Paraguayans", and a "filthy rat bastard". Recanate: "I regret my outbursts. He's a flawless character. That's my clarification."
Mexico captain Francisco Rodriguez says footage of him after their 0-0 draw with Jamaica raising his middle finger at a TV camera was "misinterpreted". "I had an injured finger. I respect the people."
Quote of the week
"I've done worse things than him in my life… [but] there's one difference between Mario Balotelli and me: he probably likes being in the papers, whereas I don't" – Sampdoria's Antonio Cassano, author of 2008 memoir I'll Tell Everything, featuring headline quote: "I've done it with 700 women."
Plus: love news
Brazil: Vanessa Tasquetto, ex-partner of Ronaldinho and Adriano, on Alexandre Pato's move from Milan to Corinthians. "When I heard he was coming here I got carried away. He's my new target." Tasquetto says she's "unconcerned" by Pato's relationship with Barbara Berlusconi, daughter of Silvio. "I don't see her as a hindrance. Each of us has our qualities. I certainly have mine."