FIFA President Announces Resignation

As the FIFA corruption scandal continues, the soccer organization's president was re-elected for a fifth term but then resigned. Although he wasn't one of the officials arrested, Sepp Blatter will be the focus of the U.S. investigation. The strategy is to pressure those indicted to reveal wrongdoing at the most senior levels in the organization. 

In a resignation speech, which The New York Times reports was given to "a mostly empty room at FIFA headquarters," Blatter explained his decision: 

"While I have a mandate from the membership of FIFA, I do not feel that I have a mandate from the entire world of football-the fans, the players, the clubs, the people who live, breathe and love football as much as we all do at FIFA."


Blatt leaves after serving 17 years at the organization. 

On its website, FIFA quoted Blatt about "reform work."

"I had a good, constructive meeting with Mr. Scala to establish a framework for action and a timetable. I am pleased to take advice and guidance from Mr. Scala. I want a comprehensive programme of reform and I am very aware that only the FIFA Congress can pass these reforms. Furthermore, the Executive Committee has a particular duty to share the responsibility of driving this process."

Discussion Starters: 

  • Did Blatt make the right decision? Why would he run for re-election and then resign shortly after getting the job for a fifth term? 
  • What else should FIFA communicate at this point? How can the organization repair its image throughout the world?