There was an awkward double-booking in Berlin two weeks ago: the host city for the 2011 Women's World Cup had promised use of Brandenburg Gate — located in the city center — on Saturday, June 25, to both FIFA organizers and to the annual gay pride parade. If you know anything about FIFA's tolerance for homosexuals, then you know that this does not make for a happy union.
Surprisingly, though, the two groups almost negotiated a deal, and FIFA almost came out to denounce homophobia and recognize it as a form of discrimination for the first time since Blatter elected himself unofficial president of everything. The Daily Beast reports that Robert Kastl, the organizer for Berlin's gay pride parade, wrote a letter to Sepp Blatter "half-jokingly and not even expecting a response... offering to reroute the parade if FIFA would agree to issue a public denunciation of homophobia." For a moment, Zurich agreed to the negotiation: