What's Happening: Sepp Blatter Relieves Himself of FIFA Presidency
Just days after his controversial reelection, the 79-year-old executive called for a special conference to convene and select his replacement. “FIFA needs a profound restructuring," Blatter told reporters.
Why now?: Less than a week after several FIFA executives and officials were indicted on multiple corruption and bribery charges, reports suggest an inquiry into the organization’s corruption is getting closer to the top. However, not much else is known about what led to Blatter’s decision.
Who’s next?: Prince Ali of Jordan, who finished second in last week’s election, coyly signaled his interest in running again. Meanwhile, Michel Platini, who heads the Union of European Football Associations, appears to be the betting favorite to succeed Blatter.
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