Sepp Blatter resigns as FIFA president

Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s long-time president, announced on Tuesday that he will be resigning as soon as an extraordinary FIFA congress has elected a successor.

Blatter had won a fifth term as president just last Friday and seemed to feel vindicated in two victory speeches, after yet another round of scandals had beset him and his organization. A recent indictment by a the Department of Justice had led to the arrest of nine of his close associates last week.

The move comes as a total shock to the soccer world, which had assumed Blatter would remain in power through the end of his new four-year term, extending his reign to two decades.



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