Sepp Blatter stands down as FIFA president

Friday 29/05/2015
Blatter will continue to exercise function until new election

ZURICH - Sepp Blatter resigned as FIFA president on Tuesday, four days after being re-elected to a fifth term.

Blatter, 79, announced the decision at a news conference in Zurich, six days after the FBI raided a hotel in Zurich and arrested several FIFA officials.

Speaking at a hastily arranged news conference on Tuesday, Blatter says "this mandate does not seem to be supported by everybody in the world of football."

Blatter says that despite his re-election victory "FIFA needs a profound restructuring."

The Swiss official, FIFA president for 17 years and only reelected on Friday, said a special congress would be called to elect a successor.

Elections are expected to take place sometime between December and March.

I will continue to exercise my function (until the new election)," Blatter said.

Blatter said he reached the decision after he "thoroughly considered my presidency and ... (about) the last 40 years in my life."