FIFA president Sepp Blatter resigns forcing leadership election: social media rejoiced

Sepp Blatter has resigned from the position of president forcing a new election for the leadership of FIFA. As a result social media users and the media celebrated scrutinising Blatter's role at the football body amid its corruption investigation.

Amid pressure from the international media, Blatter announced in a hastily arranged press conference that he was to end his reign of the body which lasted a total of 17 years.

After winning a fifth term as president last week amid wide condemnation, Blatter said: "I will organise extraordinary congress for a replacement for me as president. I will not stand. I am now free from the constraints of an election. I will be in a position to focus on profound reforms. For many years we have called for reforms. But these are not sufficient.

“We need a limitation on mandates and terms of office. I have fought for these changes but my efforts have been counteracted.”

He concluded: "FIFA’s interest are dear to me. That’s why I have taken this decision. What counts most for me, is the institution of Fifa and football around the world.”

Domenico Scala, chairman of the FIFAaudit and compliance committee, emerged after Blatter on stage to state that FIFA will be reformed to "include fundamental changes to the way the organisation is structured.

Brands and members of the media were quick to comment on the move.

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