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Sepp Blatter resigns as FIFA PRESIDENT: The speech in full

The 79-year-old stepped down as the governing
body’s president on Tuesday, citing a lack of
support from the wider football world for his
shock decision at a press conference
Sepp Blatter announced his resignation as Fifa
president at a hastily-arranged press conference
in Zurich on Tuesday.
Here is his resignation speech in full:
“I have been reflecting deeply about my
presidency and about the forty years in which my
life has been inextricably bound to Fifa and the
great sport of football.
“I cherish Fifa more than anything and I want to
do only what is best for Fifa and for football. I felt
compelled to stand for re-election, as I believed
that this was the best thing for the organisation.
That election is over but Fifa’s challenges are not.
“Fifa needs a profound overhaul. 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 – the fans, the players, the clubs, the
people who live, breathe and love football as
much as we all do at Fifa.
“Therefore, I have decided to lay down my
mandate at an extraordinary elective Congress. I
will continue to exercise my functions as Fifa
President until that election.
“The next ordinary Fifa Congress will take place on
May 13, 2016 in Mexico City. This would create
unnecessary delay and I will urge the Executive
Committee to organise an Extraordinary Congress
for the election of my successor at the earliest
opportunity. This will need to be done in line with
Fifa’s statutes and we must allow enough time for
the best candidates to present themselves and to
“Since I shall not be a candidate, and am
therefore now free from the constraints that
elections inevitably impose, I shall be able to
focus on driving far-reaching, fundamental
reforms that transcend our previous efforts. For
years, we have worked hard to put in place
administrative reforms, but it is plain to me that
while these must continue, they are not enough.
“The Executive Committee includes
representatives of confederations over whom we
have no control, but for whose actions Fifa is held
“We need deep-rooted structural change. The size
of the Executive Committee must be reduced and
its members should be elected through the Fifa
“The integrity checks for all Executive Committee
members must be organised centrally through
Fifa and not through the confederations. We need
term limits not only for the president but for all
members of the Executive Committee.
“I have fought for these changes before and, as
everyone knows, my efforts have been blocked.
This time, I will succeed.
“I cannot do this alone. I have asked Domenico
Scala to oversee the introduction and
implementation of these and other measures.
“Mr. Scala is the Independent Chairman of our
Audit and Compliance Committee elected by the
Fifa Congress. He is also the Chairman of the ad
hoc Electoral Committee and, as such, he will
oversee the election of my successor. Mr. Scala
enjoys the confidence of a wide range of
constituents within and outside of Fifa and has all
the knowledge and experience necessary to help
tackle these major reforms.
“It is my deep care for Fifa and its interests, which
I hold very dear, that has led me to take this
decision. I would like to thank those who have
always supported me in a constructive and loyal
manner as president of Fifa and who have done
so much for the game that we all love. What
matters to me more than anything is that when all
of this is over, football is the winner.”

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