After winning the election to his fifth term last week, Sepp Blatter resigned from his post as FIFA’s president.
In his four-minutes-long speech on Tuesday, Blatter said that his decision was best for the footballing world. Apart from that, he also mentioned various reforms and his plans for the future.
“I cherish FIFA more than anything and I want to do only what is best for FIFA and for football.”
Although being accused of corruption charges, Blatter was not charged for any wrongdoing. A US-led investigation found evidence suggesting that Jérôme Valcke — FIFA’s secretary general and Blatter’s top deputy — was involved in a $10 million corruption scandal.
In his resignation speech, Blatter admitted to no transgressions and said that he resigned only for the good of the sport.
“While I have a mandate from the membership of FIFA, I do not feel that I have a mandate from the entire world of football.”
Sepp Blatter, who was FIFA’s president since 1998, also mentioned various reforms that might limit corruption in the governing body of Football.
“The executive committee includes representatives of confederations over whom we have no control, but for whose actions FIFA is held responsible. We need deep-rooted structural change.”
Blatter also urged that his successor should be appointed as soon as possible and urged the executive committee to hold an extraordinary congress much before the scheduled ordinary congress to be held on May 13, 2016 in Mexico City.
The footballing world reacted positively and believed that it was the best decision. The president of European football’s governing body UEFA, Michel Platini said: “It was a difficult decision, a brave decision, and the right decision.”