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Fifa: Sepp Blatter to quit as president amid corruption scandal

Sepp Blatter is to resign as president of football's governing body Fifa amid a corruption scandal after 17 years in charge. Photo: BBC NEWS

Sepp Blatter says he will resign as president of football's governing body Fifa amid a corruption scandal.

In announcing his exit, the 79-year-old Swiss has called an extraordinary Fifa congress "as soon as possible" to elect a new president.

Blatter was re-elected last week, despite seven top Fifa officials being arrested two days before the vote as part of a US prosecution.

But he said: "My mandate does not appear to be supported by everybody."

Fifa was rocked last week by the arrests on charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering as part of a US prosecution that also indicted 14 people.

A separate criminal investigation by Swiss authorities into how the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were allocated is also under way.

"I am very much linked to Fifa and its interests. Those interests are dear to me and this is why I am taking this decision," added Blatter.

"What counts most to me is the institute of Fifa and football around the world."

2 Responses to “Fifa: Sepp Blatter to quit as president amid corruption scandal”

  • Thank God. (02/06/2015, 17:21) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Blatter, you should have not stood for re-election, but thank god, you realised the error of your ways and decided to resign.
  • Concern 1 (03/06/2015, 08:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes he did the right thing. The football world appreciates what Blatter has done and continues to do for football but there is still room for him to be someone's mentor just like what his mentor from Brazil did for him.Let the games continue. The world loves you and hates you and that's the world today. I do believe however for many who were afraid to go up against you will now go up against the brave Prince and you will actually see those that wish for you to go.My advice to you Sepp is to work with the next elected president who might be the dear prince and stamp out all corruption,fraud, racism,etc and move football forward for the good of all.

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