Sepp Blatter gives reasons why he resigned as FIFA president
The 79-year-old stood down just a matter of days after being re-elected to serve a fifth term as president of football’s world governing body
Sepp Blatter has revealed the reasons why he quit his position as Fifa president, stating that he did it for the good of football and the organisation.
The 79-year-old beat Prince Ali of Jordan in the presidential election to win a fifth term in power on June 29, but was urged to quit following a host of serious allegations.
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US authorities arrested seven Fifa executives on suspicion of corruption and bribery, while Swiss officials have opened a separate case looking into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
He told Bild am Sonntag: “I have provided my office in order to reduce the pressure put on the Fifa.
“I am just interested in protecting Fifa as an institution and football in general. In an extraordinary congress further reforms will be presented and a new president will be elected.”
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Uefa president Michel Platini and former Portugal star Luis Figo – who launched a bid to become Fifa president before later withdrawing – are among those who called for Blatter to step down.
Meanwhile, former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner claimed earlier this week that he would reveal the whole truth behind Fifa’s alleged corruption.