FIFA president asked to step down after corruption scandal is revealed

FIFA president asked to step down after corruption scandal is revealed

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FIFA president Joseph Blatter has been called to step down from his position.
FIFA president Joseph Blatter has been called to step down from his position.
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FIFA president Joseph (Sepp) Blatter was asked to leave his position by chairman of England’s Football Association on Thursday after a major corruption scandal surfaced.

Greg Dyke, chairman of the FA, football’s governing body in England, said that “there is no way of rebuilding trust in FIFA while Sepp Blatter is still there ... He either has to go through a resignation, or he has to be out-voted or we have to find a third way.”

Seven officials were arrested in a dawn raid at a luxury hotel in Zurich, Switzerland, and accused of taking more than $150 million in bribes. A total of 14 officials and marketing executives are accused of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies.

Blatter has been FIFA president since 1998 and has gone through a number scandals, including allegations of corruption in the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar. Despite that, he remained popular among FIFA member associations worldwide.

European football body UEFA has called for the postponement of Friday’s FIFA presidential election, at which Blatter has just one rival, Prince Ali bin al Hussein of Jordan.

Blatter, 79, called the events a “difficult time for football” and welcomed the investigation.

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