Sepp Blatter says he will resign as president of football’s governing body Fifa amid a corruption charges.
According to Fifa.com,
“FIFA President Blatter today announced at a press
conference in Zurich that he will lay down his mandate at
an extraordinary elective Congress. Until that election, he
continues to carry out his functions. The FIFA President
also announced a significant reform programme to be
driven by Domenico Scala, the Independent Chairman of our
Audit and Compliance Committee.”
Blatter was re-elected last week, despite seven top Fifa officials being arrested two days before the vote as part of a US prosecution.
But he said: “My mandate does not appear to be supported by everybody.”
Fifa was rocked last week by the arrests on charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering as part of a US prosecution that also indicted 14 people.
A separate criminal investigation into how the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were allocated is also under way.
“I am very much linked to Fifa and its interests. Those interests are dear to me and this is why I am taking this decision,” added Blatter.
“What counts most to me is the institute of Fifa and football around the world.”