Quite surprisingly : no one had expected , FIFA President Joseph Blatter had announced his resignation - a few days after his re-election
Joseph Blatter had announced his resignation as president of the football world governing body FIFA . 79 -year-old called press conference in Zurich . Four days after his re- election Blatter resigned over the corruption allegation on FIFA.
I want only the best for Fifa , " Blatter said. " The elections are over , but the intricacies of Fifa have no end taken in the scandal . " The World Association now need a " fundamental change " . A new president will now be elected at an extraordinary congress , until then Blatter remains in office. Earliest date for the elections is in accordance with the statutes in four months , said Domenico Scala , the head of the audit committee of Fifa . This could take up in March 2016 . The next regular FIFA Congress is only planned for the 12 and 13 May 2016 in Mexico City . " This would mean an unnecessary delay ," said Blatter .
" We now need time to find the best possible candidate for this office ," said Blatter . " We need to initiate major reforms . My mandate is available , I have fought hard for change and reform . But I can not do it alone . "
On Wednesday seven senior officials of the World Federation was shortly before the FIFA Congress were arrested , including two FIFA vice- president . In the US, a total of 14 people are heavily loaded in a 161 -page indictment . As the Swiss Attorney General announced on Tuesday , but will at least not determined in Blatter's home against the yet - Fifa boss .
At the press conference in Zurich Blatter said : " What means more to me than anything else , is that when it's all over , football will be the winner . " Afterwards, Blatter thanked " all supporters and companions " and left the room .