FIFA President Sepp Blatter announces resignation

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COLETIVA DE IMPRENSA PRESIDENTE DA FIFA

Amidst the corruption scandal, FIFA President Sepp Blatter has announced his resignation.

Blatter has been president of the football association since 1998, and ran for his fifth consecutive term on Friday and won in a landslide victory against Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.

But only four days later, Blatter says it’s time for him to step down.

“I only want to do the best for FIFA and my institution. I decided to stand again as the best option for football. The elections are closed but the challenges we face haven’t come to an end,” he announced.

The 79-year-old president said the organization was in much need of a structural change.

FIFA’s congress will be voting on a new president in a time likely to be between December 2015 and March of next year, and Blatter said he will continue to exercise his functions as president until then.

“I have been reflecting deeply about my presidency and about the forty years in which my life has been inextricably bound to FIFA and the great sport of football,” he wrote in a statement. “I cherish FIFA more than anything and I want to do only what is best for FIFA and for football.”

On May 27, FIFA executives were arrested in midst of a meeting in Zurich as part of an ongoing FBI investigation.

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Separate investigations by Swiss authorities have been launched to look into how the 2018 and 2022 World Cup were allocated. Blatter was one of the members who voted for a 2022 World Cup in Qatar, though he has not yet been named in the ongoing investigations.

Just yesterday, Heather Rabbatts, an independent director part of FIFA’s anti-discrimination task force stepped down as well.

 

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