Wogball president quits in disgrace just days after being re-elected

The world president of Wogball has finally quit as the corruption scandal engulfing the sport escalates.

The FBI and US prosecutors are investigating outgoing Fifa president Sepp Blatter in their corruption case against world football’s governing body.

US ABC News have reported the major development, citing sources familiar with the case. The news comes hours after Blatter stunned the football world announcing his resignation in Zurich.

Blatter’s unexpected resignation was met with mixed reaction with football leaders expressing relief, but also raising questions over the timing of the move – just four days after his re-election.

The 79-year-old announced the decision in Zurich on Tuesday (NZT Wednesday), in the face of a corruption investigation that has plunged football’s governing body into the worst crisis in its history.

The outgoing president said an election to choose his successor for the deeply troubled organisation would be held as soon as possible. A Fifa official said that could happen any time from December this year to March of next year.

“Fifa needs profound restructuring,” Blatter said. ??

“I have thoroughly considered my presidency and thought about my presidency and the last 40 years of my life,” Blatter, speaking in French, told media.

“I decided to stand again to be elected because I was convinced it was the best option for football.

“Although the members of Fifa gave me a new mandate, this mandate does not seem to be supported by everyone in the world.”

Blatter’s decision was immediately welcomed by his most prominent critics.

European football federation chief Michel Platini, a French former international football star, said: “It was a difficult decision, a brave decision, and the right decision.”

Greg Dyke, chairman of the English Football Association, said it was “good news for world football”. He then asked: “Who got him? Who shot him? What happened between then [when he was elected] and now?”

“We haven’t had a squeaky clean president for many, many years,” Dyke said.

Shame it won’t change FIFA they are?utterly corrupt like the UN.

Even if he is indicted I doubt the old crook will ever see the inside of a jail…he will claim some sort of ailment that will prevent incarceration. Though it seems incredible that he could not know of a $10,000,000 payment.

The European Commission’s spokeswoman for sport, Nathalie Vandystadt, said: “This is an important step but a lot of work remains. We now expect a long process of change that is needed to restore trust and set up a solid system of good governance at Fifa.”

Blatter had initially attempted to bat away the furore, relying on his extensive network of friends to hold on to power at Fifa.

Football associations in Africa and Asia had stood by him despite the scandal, saying they welcomed the Fifa funds he channelled to them for the development of the game in impoverished parts of the world.

The investigation, however, closed in on Blatter on Tuesday, when Fifa was forced to deny that his right-hand man, Secretary-General Jerome Valcke, was implicated in a US$10 million (NZ$14m) payment that lies at the heart of the US case.

But at the same time, a letter addressed to Valcke from the South African Football Association was published outlining the transaction.

Blatter became Fifa secretary general in 1981 and president 17 years later.

He survived a series of scandals including widespread accusations that Qatar bought the right to stage the 2022 World Cup in a country with little football history and where summer temperatures regularly top 40 degrees Celsius. Qatar has always denied any wrongdoing.

Of course Qatar has denied any wrongdoing, paying bungs, owning officials and outright corruption are a way of life over there.

There certainly seems to be an awful lot of money sloshing around though, so much that the president misses $10,000,000 “facilitation payments” to people.


– Fairfax