Short, bald despot with a leering eye for women half his age: How Sepp Blatter – who wanted female footballers to wear tighter kits – quaffed champagne with glamorous girls as FIFA went to the dogs

Given that he is mired in the worst scandal ever to beset world football, one might have expected Fifa president Sepp Blatter to have left his latest fancy woman at home when he stepped into the spotlight yesterday.

However, though he speaks five languages fluently, this is a man who doesn’t know the meaning of the word decorum.

Casually adjusting his tie, and seemingly untroubled by the crisis unfolding around him, Blatter shamelessly took his seat at the 65th Fifa Congress with Linda Barras, 49 – who is 30 years his junior and married to a prominent Swiss estate agent – close by his side in an eye-catchingly short red frock.

According to the Swiss press, they are romantically entwined; Mrs Barras’s husband Christian insists they are simply ‘close friends’.