Blatter steps down as Fifa president

Sepp Blatter has confirmed that he will stand down as Fifa president.

Following last week’s corruption claims and the arrests of five Fifa representatives, there had been calls from all over the world for Blatter to resign from his post, instead of run for fifth term in office.

Today’s allegations that Julio Grondona, the former chairman of Fifa’s finance committee who died last year, had authorised $10million payments to Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer, were followed by Fifa’s hasty decision to call a press conference this afternoon.

And that press conference has led to Blatter’s resignation. He said: “I have thoroughly thought about my presidency and the 40 years Fifa has played in my life.

“I love Fifa more than anything else and I only want to do the best. I decided to stand again for election for the good of football.

“My mandate does not appear to be supported by everybody. I will organise extraordinary congress for a replacement for me as president. I will not stand.

“I am now free from the constraints of an election. I will be in a position to focus on profound reforms. For many years we have called for reforms. But these are not sufficient.

“Fifa’s interest are dear to me. That’s why I have taken this decision. What counts most for me, is the institution of Fifa and football around the world.” Well, well, well. Will there be a sequel to that Fifa film.”

Following 17 years as Fifa’s president, an election for his successor is in the process of being organised, thought to be between December and March.

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