Fifa's football family: good week for…
Peru FA head Manuel Burga: backed by Fifa over his disputed 2010 re-election. Burga, who denied fraud, theft and electoral malpractice last month, told reporters to move on from their questions about transparency: "Peruvian football is private."
Bad week for…
Sri Lanka's ex-Fifa executive Manilal Fernando: feeling "very disturbed" by his life ban for corruption. In June Fernando said claims he misappropriated tsunami aid money were a plot to discredit him: "I did not perform magic shows with tsunami funds. Everything was open and transparent."
Coming on 22 October: the Concacaf Sports Summit at the Cayman Islands' Ritz-Carlton resort – speakers including Sepp and Qatar 2022's Hassan Abdullah al-Thawadi gathering to celebrate "the profound impact of football on society".
Plus: quote of the week
"Everybody has the right to demonstrate, but they should also respect the rights of others, like the construction workers in the stadium." – Fifa's Jérôme Valcke, reacting to protesters interrupting his press event at Brazil's Cuiabá stadium by standing up for worker rights.
Last week in modern football: 1) Manuel Pellegrini registering his image rights in Guernsey for tax purposes, prompting "shouting and dancing" at the Guernsey Registry; 2) Harry Redknapp discussing the time Milan Mandaric offered him only 5% of a £3.25m transfer fee: "I was furious, I went into one … I wanted my Crouch bonus. I had the hump." 3) Hinckley United liquidated over a £200,000 debt.
Union of the week
Malaysian jewellers Rafflesia, revealing their plan to fly four Malaysian celebrities to Cardiff in November for the game against Manchester United. Actor and Arsenal fan Farin Ahmad: "I am very proud that this club is Malaysian. I've taken Cardiff as my second team in England."
War on racism news
• Spain: Fourth-tier Dorneda's Nigerian player Dapo banned for three games for "conduct contrary to good order". Dapo reacted to racist abuse from fans by confronting them to "ask for an explanation".
• Italy: Fabio Cannavaro, revealing why Juventus fans like to aim racist abuse at Mario Balotelli. "It's out of fear, perhaps respect. He has an attitude they don't like, he's strong and opponents are scared of him. That's why they tease him."
PR news: quote of the week
Stephen Chriss of Oreo-makers Mondelez International on their three-year deal to become US Soccer's Official Snack Partner: "This is so much more than a business deal – it's the start of a movement to help our great brands connect soccer, community and snacking in a way that makes consumers stand up and cheer."
Also last week:
• Fastest PR rethink: Adidas Colombia on why their Twitter account responded to criticism of their new Colombia shirt with: "If you don't like it, don't buy it, you brainless herd." Adidas: "It was human error, and not our opinion."
• Worst PR atrocity: "I did not mean this … all I can do is promise it will certainly never happen again." – Bayern's Mario Götze, sponsored by Adidas, pictured in Nike socks.
• 9 Sept: Sheffield United owner Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on manager David Weir: "Of course he's safe. I read a lot about him before I got here and I was very impressed when I met him. We have to trust our coach." 11 Oct: Sacks him.
• 3 Oct: Internacional president Giovanni Luigi on fan abuse of coach Dunga: "We will stay calm. Now is not the time to be taking decisions hotheadedly. Dunga is Inter's coach." 4 Oct: He isn't.
Gift of the week
Romania: Astra's billionaire owner Ioan Niculae, who called last season's squad "incapable, impotent morons", on this season's line-up: "I'm so ashamed, they disgrace the word 'team'. So I give them a wage cut: 25% for everyone. They earned it."
Romania: Rapid Bucharest's Daniel Pancu, hospitalised after a night out with ex-West Brom defender Gabriel Tamas. "It was just a misunderstanding. He offered to show me his technique for how he used to win headers in England, then he elbowed me in the face." Tamas's father Joseph: "Gabi likes to drink. I've hired a bodyguard to go out with him, to stop him causing nonsense."
Plus: most uplifting
Tahiti FA director Charles Ariiotima, telling ESPN Brasil why their league system awards four points for a win, two for a draw, and one for every defeat. "We just don't want anyone to be sad."