Sepp Blatter has tendered his resignation as FIFA president, just six days after he was controversially reelected for a fifth term in office.
On Tuesday, the 79-year old announced his resignation in a news conference in Zurich, saying that he is now ‘free’ to execute the much-needed ‘reforms’ on the corruption-rocked body.
He 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.’
He then announced, ‘I will organise an extraordinary congress for a replacement for me as president. I will not stand,’ adding, ‘I am now free from the constraints of an election. I will be in a position to focus on profound reforms. For many years we have called for reforms. But these are not sufficient.’
News of Blatter’s resignation was well-received, and already there are talks about his three opponents in the just concluded elections coming out to run again. Prince Ali, the candidate who actually contested in the election, has already said he would contest again ‘if they want me to.’
When the election will take place has not been announced yet.