FIFA President Sepp Blatter Announces He Will Resign

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced his resignation on Tuesday amid the corruption scandal that has rocked the soccer world. The announcement came shortly after Jerome Valcke — Blatter’s second-in-command — was implicated in the bribery scheme. Blatter was just re-elected to a fifth term as president at the FIFA Congress last Friday.

 FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter
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In a hasty press conference Blatter said that he will resign the FIFA presidency as soon as an “extraordinary congress” can be called to vote on his successor.

Valcke — FIFA’s general secretary and Blatter’s right-hand man — denied that he knew about a $10 million bribe in exchange for votes for the 2010 South Africa World Cup. And then one hour after that denial, this letter below — directly addressed to Valcke and obviously discussing the payment — was revealed by the Press Association. Not only was Valcke aware of it, it looks like he was directly participating in the 2008 transfer.

Domenico Scala, the chairman of FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee, indicated an election would be held sometime between December 2015 and March 2016. Watch Sepp Blatter’s resignation announcement below.

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