Sepp Blatter might not think much of women's soccer, but let's get one thing straight: As Blatter sees it, he's the "godfather" of the sport.

In an interview with the BBC World Service, Blatter looked ahead to the Women's World Cup this summer and said it's an opportunity for the sport to grow its popularity worldwide. He said the sport must prove itself to fans by putting on a quality performance, and he challenged the women to deliver a show that moved the sport forward.

Then he got a little bit delusional.

"I consider myself a little bit as a godfather of the organization of women's football in FIFA," he said. Blatter also acknowledged that "there is still a lot to do" in terms of helping the sport equal the popularity enjoyed by FIFA.

It's an interesting outlook from a man who, in 2004, made grossly offensive suggestions for how women might increase appeal for their sport.

"Let the women play in more feminine clothes like they do in volleyball," he said at the time. "They could, for example, have tighter shorts."

Spoken like a true champion for women.

If you know anything about Blatter, though, you're well aware this is nothing more than the textbook narcissism and pig-headed antics that have come to define his tenure as FIFA president. FIFA under Blatter has been rampant with scandals and controversies, including Qatar's use of bribes to win the 2022 World Cup despite an ugly record of human rights violations.

Last year, he steadfastly refused to allow the Women's World Cup to be played on natural grass turfs, forcing them instead to use cheaper -- but far more injury-prone -- artificial turfs in the tournament, which will be held in Canada.

So when women pull themselves off the ground wearing bloody turf burns and open wounds, they can thank Blatter for that. And then they can thank him for all he's done for their sport.

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