Sepp Blatter has stepped down as FIFA president amid the embarrassing bribery scandal that has engulfed the football (soccer) governing body, having made an official announcement at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.
Seemingly in a rush to exist the organization, 79-year-old Blatter resigned just days after he was re-elected as president and after 17 years as the most powerful man in football.
A fallen Blatter said during a press conference:
I have been reflecting deeply about my presidency and about the forty years in which my life has been inextricably bound to FIFA and the great sport of football. I cherish FIFA more than anything and I want to do only what is best for FIFA and for football. I felt compelled to stand for re-election, as I believed that this was the best thing for the organisation. That election is over but FIFA’s challenges are not. FIFA needs a profound overhaul.
I am very much linked to FIFA and its interests. Those interests are dear to me and this is why I am taking this decision. What counts most to me is the institute of FIFA and football around the world.
As a lover of football, the whole scandal makes me my stomach churn and Blatter’s ‘decision’ to leave was in the best interest of FIFA. The man was beyond corrupt…
Seven top FIFA officials were arrested as part of a U.S prosecution and investigation into bribery, corruption, fraud and money laundering, and Blatter risks joining them for playing a big role in the scandal during his tenure as president.
Swiss authorities are also undertaking a separate criminal investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and how they were awarded to Russia and Qatar, respectively.
Good riddance, I say. Football is precious sport that should not be fooled around with by fools who want nothing else than to line their pockets. What other changes should FIFA undertake?