FIFA president resigns in light of scandal

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Newly re-elected FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced his resignation Tuesday.

The 79-year-old has led FIFA for 17 years, dealing with years of scandal within the organization.

Most recently, nine officials were arrested on corruption charges and face extradition to the United States.

Blatter said Monday that he hopes his decision to step down will be the catalyst for serious structural changes in the organization.

“I would like to thank the President. The decision that he has made today was difficult and courageous. In the current circumstances, this is the most responsible way to ensure an orderly transition,” Domenico Scala of the FIFA Audit & Compliance Committee said.

In addition to an election, reforms will be put in place to ensure more transparency in the soccer organization.

 

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