Sepp Blatter Resigns, Effective…Six to Nine Months from Now [Developing]
Well, we didn’t see this coming.
Just five days after winning a fifth term as president of FIFA and insisting that he was the best man for the job, even in the wake of last week’s shocking corruption indictments, FIFA president Sepp Blatter has announced his resignation.
What has changed since Friday? That he did not say. Maybe Blatter really did have a change of heart. Or maybe the resignation has something to do with reports that FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, Blatter’s right-hand man, has been implicated in a $10 million bribery scheme involving South African soccer official and former FIFA VP (and bumbling moron) Jack Warner. Only time will tell.
For now all we have are Blatter’s own words…which of course are meaningless, because Sepp Blatter is a snake. But hey, let’s humor him.
Here’s the relevant portion of his remarks from today’s surprise press conference:
I have been reflecting deeply about my presidency and about the 40 years in which my life has been inextricably bound to FIFA and the great sport of football. I cherish FIFA more than anything and I want to do only what is best for FIFA and for football. I felt compelled to stand for re-election, as I believed that this was the best thing for the organisation. That election is over but FIFA’s challenges are not. FIFA needs a profound overhaul.
While I have a mandate from the membership of FIFA, I do not feel that I have a mandate from the entire world of football—the fans, the players, the clubs, the people who live, breathe and love football as much as we all do at FIFA.
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.
Rejoice, soccer fans. Rejoice.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]