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FIFAs Sepp Blatter resigns amidst corruption probe

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Sepp Blatter

(elbcradio.com/June 3, 2015)-Football’s World Governing Body (FIFA) President, Sepp Blatter, has resigned his post amidst corruption scandal.

Mr. Blatter announced his resignation Tuesday, June 2, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland, amidst heavy pressure for him to immediately step down. According to the BBC, the former FIFA President is currently under probe by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on corruption allegation.

On the eve of the just ended FIFA Congress in Zurich, 14 individuals, including 7 of its top officials, were arrested on similar corruption account.

They are being charged for racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering while serving the world’s football organization.
A separate criminal investigation by Swiss authorities into how the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were allocated is also under way.

Mr. Blatter had announced his resignation Tuesday and called for the conduct of an extra-Ordinary FIFA congress "as soon as possible" to elect a new president. He blamed his decision on his mandate not apparently being supported by “everybody."

The 79-year-old Swiss National was re-elected last week, despite calls for the suspension of the election. He disclosed that the Extra-Ordinary FIFA Congress is expected to take place between December 2015 and March 2016.

At the same time, FIFA says it paid ten million dollars to a Caribbean football body at South Africa's request. The Caribbean football body is led by Jack Warner, charged by the US with corruption.

FIFA also said South Africa had indicated that the money was for a Diaspora Legacy Program that should be "implemented directly" by Mr. Warner.
The US says it considers the US$10-million as a bribe in exchange for Mr. Warner to support South Africa's 2010 World Cup bid.

Mr. Warner and South African officials have denied any wrong doing. South Africa won the bid, ahead of Morocco, to become the first African country to host the World Cup.

 


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