Sepp Blatter stepped down from his position as FIFA president on Tuesday, electing to forgo his fifth term at the helm, but has not vacated duties to help change the world soccer’s governing body.
The 79-year-old had many calling for his resignation following the FBI’s founding of corruption that induced multiple arrests of FIFA officials in Switzerland.
However, Blatter won re-election for president against Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein and was more than happy to take the reigns once again.
Once details had emerged that Blatter was being investigated by the FBI, his decision to quit the job arose.
In addition to his surprise move, Blatter urged that the size of FIFA’s Executive Committee be reduced and that term limits for officials be created. He will still remain in charge of the organization until at least December–and maybe extending until March 2016–until a new leader is ushered in.
In his first public statements since his resignation, Blatter had the following to say regarding his next undertaking after a meeting with FIFA Audit and Compliance Comittee chairman Domenico Scala.
“I had a good, constructive meeting with Mr. Scala to establish a framework for action and a timetable. I am pleased to take advice and guidance from Mr. Scala,” Blatter said. “I want a comprehensive program of reform and I am very aware that only the FIFA Congress can pass these reforms. Furthermore, the Executive Committee has a particular duty to share the responsibility of driving this process.”
The quick decision from Blatter to vacate his duties and throw himself behind progression within FIFA nearly solidifies the fact that authorities had something against him. Or, if they didn’t, panicking FIFA officials could’ve threatened to divulge incriminating information about him to reduce their own penalty.
As the investigation builds more steam, the term “free-for-all” could end up describing FIFA’s cooperation.