FIFA’s Blatter resigns
04 June 201506:01 GMT
A former senior FIFA official, Chuck Blazer, claimed he and others took bribes in exchange for supporting World Cup candidate countries in 1998 and 2010, an unsealed paper says.
03 June 201521:14 GMT
The transcript of the testimony in which Chuck Blazer, the key senior FIFA official who admitted corruption and indicted many of his colleagues has been unsealed.
“Among other things, I agreed with other persons in or around 1992 to facilitate the acceptance of a bribe in conjunction with the selection of the host nation for the 1998 World Cup,” admits Blazer, who was facing up to 20 years in prison before agreeing to cooperate, in his 2013 testimony. “I and others on the FIFA executive committee agreed to accept bribes in conjunction with the selection of South Africa as the host nation for the 2010 World Cup.”
- 17:44 GMT
The White House has welcomed Blatter's resignation.
"It's apparent from recent news reports they'd benefit from some new leadership and this is an opportunity for that organization to try to improve their public image and to make sure that the actions of that organization are consistent with their mission," said White House press secretary Josh Earnest during a media briefing.
- 16:40 GMT
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she hopes that Blatter's resignation will signal a "new beginning" for FIFA, and "set it on a path to transparency."
- 16:37 GMT
FIFA's decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively, is also being investigated by the FBI, a source within the agency told Reuters. FBI refused to comment on the revelation when openly contacted about it by Russia's RIA news agency.
- 09:50 GMT
Moscow was surprised by Sepp Blatter's decision to resign – spokesman Dmitry Peskov, according to RIA.
- 09:50 GMT
The Kremlin has refused to address any alleged fears that that the next World Cup may not be held in Moscow, now that Blatter is gone.
“We don’t know who the new FIFA head is. We know the decision is not going to be announced tomorrow or the day after, but much later. So let’s not get ahead of ourselves here,” Peskov told journalists. The spokesman added that it's “certainly a difficult situation”, though admitted to not having heard of any specific accusations the US has allegedly been making against the former FIFA head.
As for the preparations for the upcoming 2018 championship in Russia, Peskov said the work is still on.
- 00:38 GMT
Sepp Blatter is reportedly under FBI investigation as part of the inquiry into the alleged corruption at FIFA, according to American media. US officials said that last week’s indictments of 14 FIFA officials could lead to a case against Blatter.
"Now that people are going to want to save themselves, there’s probably a race to see who will flip on [Blatter] first," a source told ABC News. "We may not be able to collapse the whole organization but maybe you don’t need to."
- 00:29 GMT
Football Federation Australia responded to the news by stating that FIFA needs new leadership and Blatter’s resignation is just “a first step.”
“The challenge is not just to change the top elected position, but the governance structure at all levels and the culture that underpins it,” the statement said.