Sepp Blatter Finally Lets Go of Fifa

On Friday, Sepp Blatter stood before the 209 members of the “Fifa family” that have become his fiefdom and giddily beamed: “Let’s go Fifa! Let’s go!” Fewer than four days later he stood before a sparsely attended, hastily convened press conference in Fifa’s £150m HQ and gloomily announced he would step down, bringing down the curtain on four decades at world football’s scandal-hit governing body and 17 as president. Some of those close to him say that privately he was more concerned than he let on as rumors, fed by the networks of private investigators employed by Blatter and his rivals, swirled on the progress of the FBI investigation into alleged money laundering and tax evasion. US investigators have been co-operating with Swiss prosecutors for months and Blatter is sure to have been in their sights. He must have felt the noose tightening.