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English Premier League chairman rants, falls into a swimming pool. Seriously.

Seth Meyers

I can’t say anything about this next bit of silliness, out just today, that could possibly add to the comedic value of it all.

So I’ll just let life imitate art here. (Not making this up. Promise):

“Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards accused FIFA and UEFA of ‘stealing football’ from England before falling into a swimming pool at a conference in Qatar.”

Yup. That’s from the report. (It’s funnier if you read it aloud in your best SNL-Weekend Update-Seth Meyers voice. Seriously. Try it.)

Richards was apparently banging on about Qatar, the infamously chosen site for World Cup 2022 and a land were alcohol is quite limited. Richards wasn’t happy about … well, a lot of thing, apparently. But he was specifically hot and bothered about Qatar’s indecision on allowing beer sales at the grounds in 2022.

As The New York Daily News explains in this piece from a few days ago: “Qatar, a nation with conservative Muslim traditions but which has a significant population of foreign workers, limits the sale of alcohol mostly to five-star hotels. It doesn’t sell alcohol currently at football matches.”

So you can read the serious stuff. Here’s more about it all from the Guardian. But feel free just to have a quick giggle about some suit falling in a pool. This is from England’s Mirror Football:

“Journalist Rory Smith of The Times added: “Dave Richards is a trailblazer. Qatar, after all, had better get used to loud Englishmen making [fools] of themselves.”

Quick-witted Fox Soccer Report analyst Bobby McMahon had some fun with it all on Twitter:

If Fawlty Towers ever gets remade Sir Dave Richards is a certainty for the part of the Major.

Good one, Bobby. A do love and admire a good Fawlty Towers reference.