Sepp Blatter resigned as FIFA president amid corruption scandal

Blatter, who was re-elected as FIFA president on 29 May 2015, will exercise his functions as FIFA president until an election is held.

Jun 3, 2015 09:19 IST
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Sepp BlatterSepp Blatter resigned as President of FIFA on 2 June 2015 amid the corruption scandal that has engulfed the football’s governing body. Blatter has been serving as president of world soccer governing body FIFA since 1998.

79-year-old Blatter who was re-elected as FIFA president on 29 May 2015 said that soon a special congress would be called to elect his successor. He will exercise his functions as FIFA president until an election is held.

Apart from this, his resignation came within a week after Swiss police arrested seven FIFA officials, including two vice presidents, at a hotel in Zurich. The arrests were called out on behalf of US prosecutors who accuse the seven and eight other suspects of involvement in 150 million dollars of bribe.

According to Domenico Scala, chairman of FIFA's audit and compliance committee, the election can be held before the next World Congress in May 2016. It cannot be held for at least four months, according to FIFA rules. Thus the election can take place anytime from December 2015 to March 2016.

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