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Blatter To Quit As FIFA President


FIFA President Sepp Blatter announces he will resign at a press conference in Zurich on June 2, 2015.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter announces he will resign at a press conference in Zurich on June 2, 2015.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he is resigning after 17 years in charge as a corruption scandal engulfed world football's governing body.

Speaking at a press conference in Zurich on June 2, Blatter said a special congress would be called as soon as possible to elect a successor.

The announcement comes four days after the 79-year-old Swiss was elected for a fifth four-year term.

Blatter said the vote is “not supported by everybody in the world of football," adding that FIFA needs "profound reconstruction."

On May 27, Swiss police arrested seven FIFA officials based on U.S. charges of corruption.

Swiss authorities have opened a separate criminal investigation into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar, respectively.

Based on reporting by AFP, AP, and Reuters
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