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Blatter resign as Fifa president

By on June 3, 2015

Blatter announced his decision to step down at a news conference in Zurich on Tuesday, six days after police 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.

Hours after Blatter stepped down there were reports in US media that he was being investigated by US authorities as part of their corruption inquiries.
He said an election to choose a new president would be held as soon as possible, though a FIFA official said it would probably not take place until at least December.

The 79-year-old Swiss, who defeated his Jordanian challenger Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein on Friday despite the mounting crisis, said he would stay on for at least six months to allow time for a proper election to replace him between December 2015 and March next year.“Therefore I have decided to lay down my mandate at an extraordinary elective Congress. I will continue to exercise my functions as Fifa president until that election.”

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