EMBATTLED Joseph Sepp Blatter says he is stepping down as FIFA President, he disclosed in Zurich Switzerland on Tuesday (02 June).
Blatter decision to step aside comes amid a barrage of allegations of corruption and scandal that has been ravaging FIFA’s image for several years.
In his statement released at the FIFA Headquarters Blatter who was re-elected to a fifth term in office five days ago correctly points out that he has the mandate from FIFA membership to lead.
However Blatter concedes that he does not have the mandate of the entire world of football. This includes fans, players, clubs and all whose lives are intimately and passionately linked to football.
According to his statement Blatter says he will step down at an extraordinary elective FIFA Congress. The next ordinary FIFA Congress is due in the Mexican capital Mexico City on 13 May 2016.
Blatter urges the FIFA Executive Committee to call an extraordinary Congress to elect his successor earlier than the Congress in May next year. He says the extraordinary FIFA Elective Congress should be in keeping with FIFA statues allowing candidates to present themselves and campaign. FIFA’s Independent Chairman for Audit and Compliance Committee Domenico Scala will oversee the electoral process.
Meanwhile Blatter says that until he steps down from office he will focus his energy on effecting far-reaching and unprecedented reforms. These include among other things deep-rooted structural changes.
He seeks to reduce the size of the FIFA Executive Committee. Blatter claims he will introduce term limits for and integrity checks on FIFA Executive Committee members. These are some of the urgent and pressing reforms Blatter is alleged to have resisted for many years.