FIFA Chief Quits 4 Days After He's Re-Elected

Sepp Blatter will serve until new president is elected
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2015 12:13 PM CDT
FIFA Chief Quits 4 Days After He's Re-Elected
FIFA president Sepp Blatter gestures after his re-election on Friday.   (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)

Sepp Blatter's triumphant fifth term as president of FIFA is crashing to a halt after all of four days. Blatter today announced that he will resign as president of soccer's governing body as soon as a successor is named in special elections, reports the BBC. In an almost comical understatement amid the growing corruption scandal, Blatter said, "My mandate does not appear to be supported by everybody." While Blatter has avoided any criminal charges so far, the New York Times reports that his top lieutenant, Jerome Valcke, has now been linked to $10 million in bribes, suggesting that charges against Blatter himself are possible. (Another key figure got duped by the Onion.)

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