What the Foul?
ZURICH — A mere four days after winning an unprecedented fifth term as president of the largest sports governing body in the world, FIFA boss Sepp Blatter announced his resignation on Tuesday, according to a New York Times report.
The embattled president made the announcement in a hastily organized press conference at the organization's headquarters in Zurich amid a widespread corruption scandal, likely the most controversial episode in FIFA's 111-year history.
He said he would ask FIFA officials to schedule an election for his eventual replacement as soon as possible.
Domenico Scala, the Italian head of FIFA's audit and compliance committee who will oversee the handover, promised "fundamental changes" in how football's global governing body is organized.
In brief remarks Blatter continued his oft-repeated denials of any wrongdoing despite the arrests of several top FIFA officials on corruption charges last week.
The fall of the 79-year-old, widely criticized as increasingly autocratic and tone-deaf in his attempts to shoo away accusations of organizational corruption, came as a shock to many. Just days earlier Sepp was singing a very different tune.
“For the next four years I will be in command of this boat called FIFA, and we will bring it back,” he said on Friday.
Hopefully the boat’s eventual new captain will steer it in a less-corrupt direction.
Sepp Blatter, who’s been president of FIFA since 1998, has weathered many a scandal, escaping largely unscathed time and time again. This widespread corruption scandal, likely the most controversial episode in FIFA's 111-year history, however, proved to be the last straw. REUTERS