Switzerland: FIFA president Blatter to resign amid corruption scandal

FIFA president Sepp Blatter stated that he will step down from the role during a press conference in Zurich, Tuesday, once a successor had been elected. The 79-year-old Swiss national stated that although the members of FIFA reelected him, the mandate did not seem to be supported by football fans, prompting him to step down as soon a new president was elected. He added that for this reason, he had called upon FIFA’s executive committee to organise an extraordinary congress as soon as possible to elect his successor. Blatter will retain his powers until a new person is chosen for the position. The leader of football's governing body made the announcement only four days after he was re-elected to the position, despite two ongoing corruption investigations into the organisation which saw 14 FIFA officials and associated executives detained last week.

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