FINALLY…Sepp Blatter Resigns As FIFA President

 FIFA President Sepp Blatter has decided to step down as leader of football's governing body. Blatter said at a press conference on Tuesday [Jun 2] in Zurich that an "extraordinary congress" would be convened to elect a successor as soon as possible.

The move comes just four days after the 79-year-old Swiss was re-elected FIFA president at its annual congress.

"I am now free of the constraints of the election," Blatter said. "I will now be in a position to enact reforms to follow on our initial efforts. "For many years, we have gone to great lengths and this need to continue as they have not yet been sufficient.

"Although the members have re-elected me, this mandate does not seem to be supported by everyone in the world of football," Blatter added.

The incumbent FIFA president will remain at the helm of football's supreme body for at least four months, the earliest a new president can be elected. According to FIFA, the elections will take place between December 2015 and March 2016.

The resignation, which was widely unexpected, came amid one of the most controversial episodes in FIFA's history. More than a dozen of the organisation's executives have been indicted in two separate investigations, including one by the FBI, concerning allegations of bribery and corruption.

  - Story via: Source: Al Jazeera

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