Sepp Blatter Steps Down as FIFA President

Controversy ravaged FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced his resignation from the post at a press conference in Zurich after less than a week since his re-election for the fifth time. Blatter has been facing several corruption charges for issues that date back to the 1986 World cup. Two days before the re-election, the police had arrested seven FIFA officials from a hotel in Zurich over charges of wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering.


Sepp Blatter has stepped down as FIFA president amid multiple charges

Sepp Blatter urges board to appoint successor soon

In a statement following his resignation, Blatter was quoted saying:

“Why would I step down? That would mean I recognize that I did wrongdoing. This would create unnecessary delay and I will urge the executive committee to organise an extraordinary congress for the election of my successor at the earliest opportunity. This will need to be done in line with FIFA’s statutes and we must allow enough time for the best candidates to present themselves and to campaign. “

European and South American nations choose to boycott World Cup 2018:

The exact reasons for resignation were not made clear by Sepp Blatter in his official statement but he did say that, “Although the members of the FIFA gave me a new mandate, this mandate does not seem to be supported by everyone in the world.” Blatter’s re-election was a thoroughly controversial affair and since the day of the re-election, FIFA had been facing consistent criticism from football experts from across the globe.

The freshest in the series of denunciations came when European nations decided to meet over plans of boycotting the FIFA World Cup in Russia in 2018 and organising an ‘alternative world cup in the same year. The notion has also received support from some South American countries.

Twitter erupts following Blatter’s resignation:

Twitter erupted following the shocking news as many deemed the development- ‘ a boon for football’.

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