Former Fifa vice-president has proudly presented us with the expression "the gloves are off" in his message/threat to other FIFA executives involved in the biggest corruption and racketeering scandal in its history.
If somebody says to you the gloves are off, they mean (choose one):
They are not going to cause you harm
They are got going to be aggressive to you
So what does comedian John Oliver mean when he says the mittens are on?