FIFA suspended its top official Jerome Valcke and ordered an investigation into alleged unethical conduct on Thursday, throwing world soccer’s scandal-scarred governing body into further turmoil.
Last week, FIFA President Sepp Blatter was re-relected to a fifth term, despite all of the recent controversy swirling around soccer’s governing body. Now, less than a week into that term, Blatter has announced his resignation from FIFA and revealed that a special election will be held soon to appoint his successor.
Sepp Blatter won an unprecedented fifth term as the president of FIFA on Friday amid what may be the largest controversy in his organization’s history.
The FIFA corruption scandal has quickly become the talk of the sports world, but now we’re learning that it also involves one of the biggest sneaker companies in the U.S.
Sepp Blatter is arguably the most powerful man in world sports and certainly its greatest survivor.
Now comes the biggest challenge of his 17-year rule of FIFA: dealing with the U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption among soccer officials, including some who were sipping drinks with Blatter in the hours and days before being arrested on Wednesday morning in Zurich.