Modern football has been going down the pan for years now, but, it may just have reached its zenith with this year's European Cup.
Of the four semi finalists, two are the playthings of tyrannical, human rights abusing nation states, one is the insurance policy of a criminal oligarch and the final, egalitarian option...... Real Madrid.
So we have three host organisms for grand scale sports washing, and General Franco's team.
Is this rock bottom?
Or have we new depths to plumb?