That is a football hammer! Sepp Blatter (79) throws the towel and resigns as president of FIFA!
Now ‘Sun King’ Blatter has taken the consequences. After 17 years at the head of the world football’s governing body the FIFA, he resigns. However, until a successor has been found, he remains in office.
At 6:30 pm Blatter appeared at the FIFA headquarters before the press and presented the breaking news bomb. Blatter exhibited signs of extreme tension and spoke in French.
Blatter: “I’ve been thinking seriously about my presidency, about the wonderful times at the FIFA. I love the FIFA more than anything else. I have decided to resign “He continued: “We need to initiate major reforms. We have to start these reforms immediately. We do not have control over the other FIFA executive members, but we have a responsibility. I have fought hard for the changes, but I cannot do this alone. It needs new wind for these measures.” The Blatter resignation started at 6:30pm. Blatter was 17 years FIFA president; his resignation speech lasted exactly two minutes.
Blatter: “I am so very connected to FIFA and its interests. I would like to thank all our supporters and companions. We now need time to find the best possible candidate for this office. “Blatter has been with FIFA since 1975, first as a technical director, from 1981 then as General secretary. In 1998, he became the successor of President Joao Havelange.
FIFA will convene an extraordinary congress to find a successor to Blatter. The next scheduled Congress was supposed to be held in Mexico City on 12 and 13 May 2016. Much too late, the FIFA wants a new president as quickly as possible.
The Congress will take place from December 2015 and March 2016. Until then, the Italo-Swiss Domenico Scala (50) is intended to promote the reforms of the World Football Association.
Scala, “the decision of Blatter to step down deserves the highest respect; he has done it for football and for FIFA.” Scala is the head of FIFA-Compliance Committee, conducts the internal financial supervision of FIFA. Scala: “We have to change the foundation of FIFA. We will now establish the conditions for the elections, as well as, the candidates must then present their program.” This can last from December this year to March next year. It is difficult to promote reforms in this period, but this is now our task. Members have slowed down many of these proposals, and many representatives have committed illegal acts to create this disgrace. These embarrassments should not come at the expense of football.” Scala was born in Basel, business studies completed with specialization in Corporate Finance; he is married and has two children.
On Friday, 79-year-old Blatter won his fifth presidential term at FIFA after his opponent, Jordan’s Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, withdrew before the voting went into a second round.
The Swiss official was elected amid a massive corruption scandal at FIFA, which was prompted by a wave of accusations against senior FIFA figures just days before the vote.
Fourteen FIFA-linked officials and businessmen have been accused by the US of bribery, fraud and money laundering. Several were arrested in a Zurich hotel where they had gathered ahead of the organization’s general meeting.
Swiss prosecutors are also investigating the awarding of the World Cups 2018 and 2022 to Russia and Qatar, respectively, to ascertain whether the votes were clean and legal.