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Breaking: Sepp Blatter announces his resignation as FIFA president


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Fifa: Sepp Blatter to quit as president amid corruption scandal

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."

More to follow.

Source: BBC Sport

Edited by Frank B.
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Finally! He doesn't have a shred of credibility, and shouldn't have stood for the election.

Somebody new and fresh needs to come in and really make a change.

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I don't understand why he destroyed his reputation and that of the sport by running again. He stated back in 2011 he was going to step aside in 2015, yet he reneged on his word. Now his legacy is even more tainted that it was before. This man shouldn't just be resigning, he should be in jail - same with Bernie Ecclestone.

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I don't understand why he destroyed his reputation and that of the sport by running again. He stated back in 2011 he was going to step aside in 2015, yet he reneged on his word. Now his legacy is even more tainted that it was before. This man shouldn't just be resigning, he should be in jail - same with Bernie Ecclestone.

 

Well said!  This is what happens when two senile men are allowed to run an entire sport.  Bernie needs to leave next so that my two favorite sports can get back to rebuilding and being true to their fan bases.  

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He resigns 4 days after the election! He knew he was going to be investigated so he delayed his resignation until after the election to give him more time to shred any documents that may implicate him!

 

Just my humble opinion.

 

Pete

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As it stands FIFA is in total disarray, frankly I think the entire organisation needs to be gutted and reformed from the ground up. And the selection processes for the world cup hosts need to be done all over again.

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