In the wake of a federal corruption investigation that began with a police raid, Sepp Blatter announced on Tuesday that he would step down from his position at the top of FIFA. The past week has been full of controversy for Blatter and the global sporting organization, with the United States Justice Department leading the charge by arresting seven FIFA officials. Medical professionals said that Blatter served at the head of FIFA for seventeen years before his resignation, and he was re-elected in late May in the midst of the corruption controversy, to the chagrin of many sports journalists and fans. When asked if he would step down because of the corruption charges, Blatter stated, “Why should I step down? That would mean I recognize that I did wrong.”
The reasons for his sudden change regarding his position at FIFA are unclear, but it is possible that the public backlash to his re-election played a part. John Oliver, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight voiced a particularly negative stance on Blatter and the FIFA scandal last week and called for FIFA sponsors to pressure the organization into firing its president. The results of Blatter’s resignation and its impact on the Justice Department’s investigation are yet to be seen, but his departure from FIFA will unlikely result in a departure from the media’s limelight.
FIFA has been hitting the headlines this past week after a corruption scandal was unmasked and several FIFA officials were arrested. This is not good news for the body which has faced controversy a couple of times recently. The U.S is looking into them stating that there was widespread corruption in their dealings dating to the past century. This is because a certain sportswear company was found to have given bribes in order for them to sign the Brazilian national team.
Switzerland is also looking into the World Cup bid process and there have already been claims that Qatar paid $ 5 million to secure the chance for them to host the 2022 World Cup. Sepp Blatter has shrugged off all rumors that there will be a repeat vote to determine who will host the World Cup in 2022.
This does not come at a good time since the elections are coming up soon. Sepp Blatter, the FIFA president is eyeing re-election. Blatter has said that he does not micro-manage his employees and so does not think it is his fault that this has happened. But this might not be good for FIFA because Michael Platini, UEFA president has said that if Blatter is re-elected UEFA may part ways with the body (Platini asks Blatter to resign.). Visa has also stated that they might cancel their partnership with the body. To the folks at Amazon and the team behind Beneful it really seems like it is FIFA against the world.