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  • Sepp Blatter has resigned as FIFA president in the face of a corruption investigation that

  • has plunged world soccer's governing body into the worst crisis in its history.

  • Blatter, who is 79, announced the decision at a news conference in Zurich, six days after

  • the FBI raided a hotel in the city and arrested several FIFA officials and just four days

  • after he was re-elected to a fifth term as president.

  • "Thank you so much that you are here, the interest is flowing

  • this wonderful day today, it was a big congress and we have the same president, I am a happy man, thank you"

  • FIFA, which has been ruled over by Blatter since 1998, was rocked this week by the announcement

  • of a US investigation into alleged widespread financial wrongdoing stretching back for years.

  • Swiss authorities mounted their own criminal probe into the award of the 2018 and 2022

  • World Cups to Russia and Qatar, respectively.

  • While Blatter was not mentioned in either the U.S. or Swiss investigations, there were

  • widespread calls for him to quit, mostly from Western nations. Some major sponsors also

  • expressed misgivings about the impact of the scandal.

  • Blatter said an election to choose a new FIFA president would be held as soon as possible.

Sepp Blatter has resigned as FIFA president in the face of a corruption investigation that

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    Jenny Hsu posted on 2015/06/04
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