June 3,2015: Sepp Blatter said that he is resigning from FIFA president but after theÂ organization’s executive committee organizesÂ a fresh vote “for the election of my successor.
Blatter did not say when the election would be held but said it would be held before the world Congress. According toÂ Domenico Scala, chairman of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee ” It cannot be held for at least four months, according to FIFA rules”. He also added that the expectation is that it could take place at any timeÂ from December of this year to March of next year.
FIFA president said in Zurich thatÂ the reforms he has tried to implement over the years have not been enough. He also added heÂ felt compelled to stand for re-election as he feeled that it was theÂ best thing for the organization. Election is over but the FIFA challenges are not he added.
FIFA president was criticized byÂ Michel Platini, president of UEFA, European soccer’s governing body in the past and told the reporters that he told Blatter to withdraw from elections. He was the one who reacted first on Blatters decision and saidÂ a brave decision, and the right decision.
David Gill, vice chairman of England’s Football Association who supported Blatter opposition in last weeks election said he welcomed the decision as it is good for FIFAÂ on the road to proper reform. Gill resigned fromÂ FIFA’s executive committee when Blatter was re-elected on Friday’s election. He said that he now consider returning to FIFA as Blatter is no longer in FIFA.
Possible candidates for FIFA president areÂ Jordan’s Prince Ali bin al-Hussein,Â Michel Platini,Â Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad al-Sabah,Â Michael van Praag,Â Issa Hayatou,Â Jerome Champagne,Â David Ginola.
Sepp Blatter will continue his work until new president is elected.