From the Back Pages Special- June 2: Sepp Blatter resigns

From the back pages
From the back pages

Sepp Blatter is to resign as Fifa president after calling a press conference this afternoon. He has called for an extraordinary meeting for election to replace him.

Sepp Blatter: “I have thoroughly thought about my presidency and the 40 years Fifa has played in my life. I love Fifa more than anything else and I only want to do the best. I decided to stand again for election for the good of football.”

He continued: “I will organise extraordinary congress for a replacement for me as president. I will not stand. I am now free from the constraints of an election. I will be in a position to focus on profound reforms. For many years we have called for reforms. But these are not sufficient.”

Yes, Sepp Blatter really is going to resign as Fifa president. It’s true. (The Guardian)

“We need a limitation on mandates and terms of office. I have fought for these changes but my efforts have been counteracted.

“Fifa’s interest are dear to me. That’s why I have taken this decision. What counts most for me, is the institution of Fifa and football around the world.”

I love Fifa more than anything else and I only want to do the best

Sepp Blatter

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