Blatter may retain FIFA presidency

TASS (June 14) – The president of the world football’s governing body FIFA Sepp Blatter, who announced on June 2 he would resign after 17 years in the role, may however retain his post, Swiss newspaper Schweiz am Sonntag has reported. The newspaper said the heads of African and Asian football associations have asked the 79-year-old FIFA chief not to resign despite the recent scandal in the organization. Blatter was re-elected for his fifth consecutive four-year presidential term on May 29, when his only rival Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan pulled out after the first round of vote. However, addressing a news conference in Zurich four days after his reelection, Blatter said he decided to lay down his mandate at FIFA extraordinary elective Congress. The extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee meeting to announce the date for the extraordinary elective Congress is due on July 20 in Zurich. An unprecedented corruption scandal flared up in FIFA on May 27 as seven of the organization’s high-ranking officials were arrested in Switzerland on bribery, money laundering and corruption charges. They are facing extradition to the United States. Simultaneously, it was reported that Switzerland’s police have opened criminal proceedings against a group of unknown persons linked to money laundering during the awarding of the 2010, 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

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