5 Reasons Why Sepp Blatter Resigned As FIFA President

Following the announcement that Joseph Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s long-time president had resigned amid an international corruption scandal, the media has been quick to praise the situation.

Blatter has long been advised to resign or step down as president by the media and colleagues alike but the president went ahead to contest for a firth term at the helm which he eventually won after forcing Prince Ali of Jordan to back out of the race.

The 79 year old might have resigned but the problems any new president faces will be to remove that opinion of people that the governing body was or is a corrupt institution.

While Blatter might have said he was stepping down because “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”, here are the five main reasons why Blatter knew he had to go:

Pressure became too much: Blatter knew the world was turning against him. The President who said election will be held in between December and March of next year is known to have made many controversial statement which turned the world against him.

Back in 2004 when he was asked what he could do to improve a stagnant women’s game, he said , “Let them play in more feminine clothes like they do in volleyball. They could, for example, have tighter shorts.” That statement turned the female football world against Blatter.

After 9 FIFA officials were arrested in Zurich, UEFA president, Michael Platini pleaded with Blatter to take the bold desicion to resign, rather the president called a press conference where he tried to deflect blame for corruption in FIFA by saying “I can’t monitor everyone all the time.”

Other officials and personalities who asked Blatter to retire include David Ginola,UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, David Gill, FIFA’s vice-president, John Delaney, chief executive of the Football association of Ireland, English football FA Chairman Greg Dyke and Diego Maradona.

Meanwhile it was reported that FIFA sponsors Coke and other sponsors including Visa, Adidas, Budweiser, McDonald’s and Hyundai were against the 79 year old contesting a fifth term. With so much pressure Blatter from with and outside the governing body, Blatter knew his time was up.

Failure to publish Garcia’s report: Back in 2012, Blatter was praised for giving the green light to Micheal Garcia, a respected US attorney to open investigations into corruption allegations. Garcia sent his investigation to FIFA on 5 September 2014 but it was subsequently announced by Hans-Joachim Eckert, the head of the adjudicatory arm of FIFA’s ethics committee, that it would not be made public for legal reasons.

It is believed that the report incriminated the Swiss and various FIFA executives of illegally awarded the 2018 and 2022 to Russia and Qatar respectively. The report also covered bidding processes and illegal use of FIFA funds but Blatter never agreed for the report to be published.

Corruption and the FBI investigation: Probably the most obvious reason for Blatter’s resignation. Ever sinceBlatter became president in 1998, the sport has been dogged by allegations of corruptions from all facets of the sport. Even his election as president was controversial.

According to wikipedia, “Sepp Blatter’s 1998 election to the presidency of FIFA over UEFA President Lennart Johansson occurred amidst much controversy. Blatter’s 2002 candidacy has been marked with rumours of financial irregularities and backroom dealings, culminating with direct accusations of bribery, by a third party, made in the British press by Farra Ado, vice-president of the Confederation of African Football and president of the Somali Football Federation, who claimed to have been offered $100,000 to vote for Blatter in 1998.”

Meanwhile it was announced the morning after the Swiss tendered his resignation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Though the 79 year old was not originally named on a US Department of Justice document last week which indicted 14 people on charges of racketeering, fraud and money laundering, Blatter will now face charges from the FBI.

FIFA Outgrew Him: The president was long backward in his administration of his duties. It took the president until the 2014/2015 season to approve the use of goal line technology which was forst used at the 214 FIFA world cup to great success.

When the he Swiss was asked what might be done about Qatar’s ban on homo$exuality ahead of the 2022 world cup in the country, he said “I’d say they should refrain from any $exual activities.” A great own-goal by the president.

Also Blatter failed to fight racism in the sport. He left that to the duties of national FA’s to handle.
Back in 2012 when asked to comment on the racism row between Patrice Evra and Luiz Suarez who then played for Manchested United and Liverpool respectively, the president said, “there is no racism, but maybe there is a word or gesture that is not correct. The one affected by this should say ‘this is a game’ and shake hands.” Another own-goal by the Swiss.

His Age told: To work as the president of the world’s most popular sport governing body takes a lot from you both mentally and physically. Blatter knew his body could not continue despite his claims that he was motivated to move the body forward.

If you have watched any recent video of the resident announcing his resignation or claiming he would not resign, you would easily notice a frail man trying to act up. The travelling, movements, negotiations, meetings drain Blatter and he is at a age where his mates in the sport are enjoying their lifetime of loot in a cool country side.

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