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Why I stepped down as FIFA President-Sepp Blatter

Why I stepped down as FIFA President-Sepp Blatter

The football world was shocked to its very foundations when news broke that FIFA President, Joseph Zepp Blatter has decided to step down and has agreed to resign.

Mr. Blatter who won another term in office four days ago had said during his acceptance speech that as an insider, he was the best man to build a new FIFA

His shocking about-turn was delivered at a hurriedly-arranged press conference in Zurich, Switzerland where Blatter revealed that he was going to resign in the interest of the beautiful game.

According to him “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. While I have a mandate from the membership of FIFA, I do not feel that I have a mandate from the entire world of football – the fans, the players, the clubs, the people who live, breathe and love football as much as we all do at FIFA.

“Therefore, I have decided to lay down my mandate at an extraordinary elective Congress. I will continue to exercise my functions as FIFA President until that election. The next ordinary FIFA Congress will take place on 13 May 2016 in Mexico City.

“This would create unnecessary delay and I will urge the Executive Committee to organise an Extraordinary Congress for the election of my successor at the earliest opportunity.

“This will need to be done in line with FIFA’s statutes and we must allow enough time for the best candidates to present themselves and to campaign. Since I shall not be a candidate, and am therefore now free from the constraints that elections inevitably impose, I shall be able to focus on driving far-reaching, fundamental reforms that transcend our previous efforts.

“For years, we have worked hard to put in place administrative reforms, but it is plain to me that while these must continue, they are not enough. The Executive Committee includes representatives of confederations over whom we have no control, but for whose actions FIFA is held responsible. We need deep-rooted structural change.

“The size of the Executive Committee must be reduced and its members should be elected through the FIFA Congress. The integrity checks for all Executive Committee members must be organised centrally through FIFA and not through the confederations”

His resignation will certainly please UEFA President, Michel Platini and the football authorities of England and the United States who have all advocated for the end of Blatter’s reign and strong grip on world football.

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