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Swiss resigns as FIFA president

Sepp Blatter has surprisingly announced his decision to resign as the president of the Federation of International Football Association.

Blatter announced his resignation just four days after winning the FIFA presidential election on Friday, May 29 at the Congress in  Switzerland.

His resignation decision was announced in a hurriedly arranged press conference at FIFA  headquarter in Zurich on Thursday, June 2.

After stepping down, the 79-year-old called for an extraordinary congress to elect his successor.

The schedule for the next congress has not being announced and according to reports, it could hold between December 2014 and March 2015 and Blatter will continue as president until then.

"I have been reflecting deeply about my presidency and about the forty years in which my life has been inextricably bound to FIFA and the great sport of football. I cherish FIFA more than anything and I want to do only what is best for FIFA and for football.

"Since I shall not be a candidate, and am therefore now free from the constraints that elections inevitably impose, I shall be able to focus on driving far-reaching, fundamental reforms that transcend our previous efforts.

"For years, we have worked hard to put in place administrative reforms, but it is plain to me that while these must continue, they are not enough.

"The Executive Committee includes representatives of confederations over whom we have no control, but for whose actions FIFA is held responsible. We need deep-rooted structural change.

"I have fought for these changes before and, as everyone knows, my efforts have been blocked."

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