FIFA boss Sepp Blatter steps down
FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Tuesday announced that he will step down, calling an extraordinary congress “as rapidly as possible” for his successor to be selected.
Earlier, his secretary-general Jerome Valcke had earlier been implicated in the US Department of Justice’s investigations into a $10 million payment to indicted former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner.
In a hastily-arranged press conference on Tuesday, Blatter addressed the media gathered at the FIFA head-quarters calling for reforms and the need for limitation on mandates and terms of office.
“I have thoroughly thought about my presidency and the 40 years Fifa has played in my life. I love FIFA more than anything else and I only want to do the best. I decided to stand again for election for the good of football,” he told the gathered media.
“My mandate does not appear to be supported by everybody. This is why I will call an extraordinary meeting.
“I will organise an extraordinary congress for a replacement for me as president. I will not stand. I am now free from the constraints of an election. I will be in a position to focus on profound reforms. For many years we have called for reforms. But these are not sufficient.
“We need a limitation on mandates and terms of office. I have fought for these changes but my efforts have been counteracted.”
What Blatter’s resignation will mean for the 54 African nations affiliated with FIFA remains to be seen.