Sepp Blatter announces his resignation as FIFA President

Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter

Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter is being investigated by US authorities probing the corruption scandal, according to reports, Sky Sports reports.

Blatter shocked the football world on Tuesday night by announcing his resignation just days after being re-elected for a fifth term as the head of world football’s governing body.

Sources familiar with the probe have told US broadcaster ABC News that Blatter is being investigated by FBI and US prosecutors.

In addition, several US officials speaking on condition of anonymity told the New York Times they are hoping to build a case against Blatter by earning the cooperation of some of the officials who have already been indicted over alleged bribes totalling more than $150m (£98m).

Blatter said: “FIFA needs profound restructuring. I decided to stand again to be elected because I was convinced it was the best option for football”.

“FIFA needs a profound restructuring,” Mr. Blatter said. Referring to his re-election, he then added, “Although the members of FIFA have given me the new mandate, this mandate does not seem to be supported by everybody in the world of football.”

One official said the election of a replacement might not take place until at least December.

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