Blatter Quits As FIFA President Less Than A Week After Re-election
In a decision whose suddenness has shocked the world, newly elected FIFA president Sepp Blatter has resigned from his position on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Blatter’s resignation has been triggered by the arrest of 14 officials and marketers of FIFA on account of multiple counts of corruption. The US Justice Department, which arrested the personnel, believes that this scheme of corruption has been continuing for a whopping period of 24 years.
Blatter, who assumed his position on Friday, said, “FIFA’s interest are dear to me. That’s why I have taken this decision. What counts most for me, is the institution of Fifa and football around the world.” Less than a week ago, Blatter emerged victorious in the re-election, beating challenger Prince Ali bin al-Hussain of Jordan, who had hoped to serve the FIFA as a president for only a single term, and bring about reformation in that short period of time. The Prince received 73 votes, while Blatter received 133. Blatter had commented, after the election, “I am now the president of everybody!”
As a result of the sudden resignation of the president, the fate of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups is now uncertain. When Greg Dyke, the Football Association Chairman, was approached in this regard, he said, “Something has come out of the events of last week that has caused Mr Blatter to resign … He’s gone. At long last we can sort out FIFA. We can go back to looking at those two World Cups. If I were Qatar right now I wouldn’t be feeling very comfortable.” There has been a scrutiny of Qatar about hosting the World Cup, regarding the controversy created when more than 1000 migrant workers died during the construction of stadiums for the event.
Blatter, who has served the 8th term as the president of FIFA, plans on the organization of an “extraordinary congress” with the purpose of re-electing his replacement. He also said that he hopes to “focus on profound reforms”. Despite having served in his position for 17 long years, Blatter also called for the limitation of the time period for which the next president could be in power. The world of sports, especially soccer followers, is abuzz with this sudden turn of events.
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— Richard Conway (@richard_conway) June 2, 2015