The president of the international football body Sepp Blatter said Tuesday that he was resigning from the post to which he has just been reelected. He wants to hold “as soon as possible” an extraordinary congress to elect his successor.
On Friday May 29, Sepp Blatter was re-elected for a fifth term as the President of FIFA. He has finally decided to give up on his duties and responsibilities.
The president of the international football body announced Tuesday, June 2 his resignation following numerous complains regarding scandals and corruption splashing the institution.
Even if I was re-elected, I did not have the support of the entire world of football,” said Sepp Blatter. He added: “Faced with challenges that do not stop,[FIFA] needs a complete restructuring.
Official resignation of Sepp Blatter
In office since 1998, Sepp Blatter, 79 years, said he conduct “as soon as possible” an extraordinary meeting. Meeting where he will officially resign and in which his successor will be elected. This congress should take place between December 2015 and March 2016, said Domenico Scala, chairman of the audit committee of FIFA.
The resignation comes just hours after new accusations from “New York Times” this time targeting the French Jérôme Valcke. He was the Secretary General of FIFA and Sepp Blatter’s right hand. The US daily accused Jerome Valcke to have been in charge of a transfer of $10 million in accounts managed by former vice-president Jack Warner organization, accused by the US justice in a scandal corruption.
In a statement Tuesday, FIFA tried to deflate the accusations by saying that Jérôme Valcke was in no way involved in the transfer. It also mentioned that the transfer was completed as a project to help the African diaspora in Caribbean, on behalf of South Africa.
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