5 Things You Should Know About Sepp Blatter’s Resignation

5 Things You Should Know About Sepp Blatter’s Resignation

By Metro UK on June 3, 2015
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Sepp Blatter, FIFA President pictured at a news conference in an undated photo

Fifa President Sepp Blatter will resign from soccer’s governing body amid a widening corruption scandal and has promised to call for fresh elections to choose a successor.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Explosive letter

Trinidad and Tobago's former National Security Minister and former FIFA Vice President, Jack Warner, leaves the offices of the Sunshine Newspaper which he owns, in Arouca, East Trinidad, May 27, 2015. Seven of the most powerful figures in global soccer faced extradition to the United States on corruption charges after their arrest on Wednesday in Switzerland, where authorities also announced a criminal investigation into the awarding of the next two World Cups. One of those indicted, former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner of Trinidad, solicited $10 million in bribes from the South African government to host the 2010 World Cup, the Justice Department said. Warner issued a statement saying he is innocent of any charges. REUTERS/Andrea De Silva
Jack Warner is alleged to have been involved in a $10million bribe (Picture: Reuters)

Blatter’s shock decision comes on the same day a letter emerged appearing to contradict claims his right-hand man was not involved in the payment of an alleged $10million bribe.

The letter implicates former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner in an alleged corrupt bid to secure the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

2. Standing down for ‘the good of football’

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During his resignation, Blatter said: ‘I have thoroughly considered my presidency and about the last 40 years in my life, these years were closely related to Fifa.

‘I decided to stand again for election for the good of football, but my mandate does not appear to be supported by everybody.

‘The elections are closed but the challenges we are facing have not. Fifa needs profound restructuring.’

3. New president to be announced ASAP

(FILES) This file photo taken on March 20, 2015 shows members of the media waiting next to the logo of the worlds football governing body FIFA at their headquarters in Zurich.  Top FIFA officials were arrested early on May 27, 2015 by Swiss police acting on US corruption charges, The New York Times reported.   AFP PHOTO / FILES / MICHAEL BUHOLZERMICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images
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An extraordinary congress will be called to elect a new president, Blatter said.

As part of Fifa’s work, the organisation will re-examine the way in which it is structured. While it would be premature to speculate on the outcomes of this work, nothing will be off the table, including the structure and composition of the Executive Committee and the way in which members of the Executive Committee are elected

The governing body said there is significant work to be done in order to regain the trust of the public and to fundamentally reform the way in which people see Fifa.

4. Could England host the 2018 World Cup?

BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 15: Mesut Oezil celebrates on the open top bus at the German team victory ceremony on July 15, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Germany won the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil match against Argentina in Rio de Janeiro on July 13.  (Photo by Markus Gilliar - Pool/Getty Images)
(Picture: Markus Gilliar Pool/Getty Images)

A question hangs over who should host the 2018 World Cup.

Lennart Johansson, the former head of Uefa, previously claimed that England should host the World Cup instead of Russia and, amid the corruption crisis, anything is possible.

5. Beginning of the end

(Picture: Fox)
(Picture: Fox)

Blatter’s decision marks the beginning of the end of his 17-year reign as Fifa president, with much of it now tainted by investigations into the organisation’s conduct, specifically regarding the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively.

Fifa is likely to undergo substantial reform following the announcement, with United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch stating last week that the recent arrests of several senior officials suggest that the corruption in the organisation is ‘rampant, systemic and deep-rooted’.

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