FIFA chief Sepp Blatter quits, special meet to elect new chief

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Published Jun 3, 2015, 7:09 am IST
Updated Mar 29, 2019, 12:20 am IST
That election is over but FIFA’s challenges are not - Sepp Blatter
Sepp Blatter resigned as president of FIFA as a mounting corruption scandal engulfed world football's governing body (Photo:AP)
 Sepp Blatter resigned as president of FIFA as a mounting corruption scandal engulfed world football's governing body (Photo:AP)

Zurich: Sepp Blatter on Tuesday resigned as president of FIFA in a stunning capitulation to critics as a mounting corruption scandal engulfed world football’s governing body.

The 79-year-old Swiss official, FIFA president for 17 years and only reelected on Friday, calmly told a hastily arranged press conference that a special congress would be called as soon as possible to choose a successor.

 

“I felt compelled to stand for re-election, as I believed that this was the best thing for the organisation,” he told a hastily arranged press conference at the organisation’s Zurich headquarters.

“That election is over but FIFA’s challenges are not. FIFA needs a profound overhaul,” Blatter added. Blatter did not mention the corruption storm that erupted less than a week ago.

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