Blatter’s 17-year Reign Ends December 16



SEPP Blatter, president of FIFA, who recently announced his resignation, could end his 17-year reign crisis-ridden tenure on December 16.

The BBC reported that this could likely be the date for an emergency meeting in Zurich to decide his successor.

Representatives from all 209 member associations will be invited to the Swiss city to vote in a new presidential election.

Blatter, 79, quit as president of world football’s governing body just four days after being re-elected last month.

The Swiss tended his resignation amid two corruption probes of his organisation.

Seven FIFA officials were arrested on May 27, following a dawn raid on a luxury hotel in Zurich. They were among 14 officials and associates indicted by United States authorities on racketeering and bribery charges.

Swiss prosecutors have also begun a criminal investigation into how the rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were awarded.

Already, there is a long list of potential successors for Blatter.

Among the possible candidates is Ali bin al-Hussein, a Jordanian prince, who lost out to Blatter in last month’s election.

A final decision on the date for a presidential election is not expected to be made until July, when FIFA will hold an extraordinary meeting of its executive committee.

But it is believed holding an emergency congress in mid-December is Blatter’s preferred option.

— Jun 22, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT


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