At the heart of Fifa is a lesson about tackling corruption that goes far deeper. Corruption at Fifa was not a surprise. For years it lined the pockets of those on the inside and was met with little more than a reluctant sigh. The world shied away from taking on the problem, until some brave British journalists and American lawyers showed that things really could change. The same is true of corruption the world over... World leaders simply cannot dodge this issue any longer. We have to show some of the same courage that exposed Fifa and break the taboo on talking about corruption. I will start tomorrow at the G7 in Germany and I will put corruption at the heart of my agenda at the United Nations in September and the G20 in Turkey, culminating with a major anti-corruption Summit in London next year.
I don't often get the chance to say this, so I'll seize the opportunity when it presents itself: I am proud to call myself a journalist. Why this week of all weeks? Because if it hadn't been for journalists - and one journalist in particular, of whom more later - the vast, stinking edifice that is Fifa would still be intact...
The cliche of football being the beautiful game is true, but tragically many of the people who run it have an ugly obsession with cash and power. The end of Blatter's era gives us a precious opportunity to change this and bring the game back to the favelas, slums and homes of people who love the game around the world. We, the people, can't afford not to take it.
So, Sepp Blatter wins again. Despite all the scandal (forget the past few days, the past 17 years should've been enough), Blatter has been once more crowned king at the head of FIFA. Predictable, if still hugely depressing - this is, after all, the man who suggested female footballers wear tighter shorts, who's shrugged off stories of match-fixing, who confidently once declared, "there is no racism in football".