FIFA President Sepp Blatter to Step Down

In wake of soccer corruption scandal

Fourteen FIFA officials were charged with bribery, racketeering, and money laundering at the end of May. (Wikimedia Commons)

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has asked soccer’s largest governing body to call a special congress so that he may resign, USA Today reported Tuesday.

Blatter was first elected in 1998 and last week won reelection for a fifth term as FIFA’s president. Blatter won reelection after his opponent, Jordanian prince Ali bin Al Hussein, conceded following an initial round of voting on Friday. When Blatter resigns, FIFA will need to elect a new president.

Blatter’s announcement comes amid continuing developments in corruption charges against FIFA. Last week, an investigation by U.S. authorities led to the indictment of 14 FIFA officials on charges of bribery, racketeering, and money laundering, according to USA Today

A full transcript of Blatter’s comments can be found here.  

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