FIFA president Sepp Blatter to resign, calls for new election

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter will step down as head of world soccer’s governing body but only after the organization’s executive committee organizes a fresh vote “for the election of my successor,” he said Tuesday.

He did not say when the election would be held but said it should be as soon as possible and before the next World Congress in May 2016

Speaking in Zurich, Blatter said the reforms he has tried to implement over the years have not been enough.

“I have thoroughly thought about my presidency and the 40 years FIFA has played in my life. I love FIFA more than anything else and I only want to do the best. I decided to stand again for election for the good of football,” he sad, referring to his re-election Friday.

However, he said, his “mandate does not appear to be supported by everybody.”

By Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN

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