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FIFA president Sepp Blatter resigns amid corruption scandal

Sepp Blatter, who officially announced his resignation Tuesday, has called for an election to find a new FIFA president.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced his resignation on Tuesday amid the corruption scandal that has rocked world football's governing body.

Speaking at a news conference in Zurich, Blatter said he would remain in his position until a special election can be held to appoint his successor.

Domenico Scala, the chairman of FIFA's Audit and Compliance Committee, said an election would be held sometime between December 2015 and March 2016, during which time FIFA will vet candidates.

Blatter was just...

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Sepp Blatter resigns as FIFA president: What you need to know

Sepp Blatter, who officially announced his resignation Tuesday, has called for an election to find a new FIFA president.

Three days after winning a fifth term as FIFA president in the aftermath of the arrest of leading FIFA officials, Sepp Blatter has announced his resignation as president of football's world governing body. Here's what you need to know about today's stunning news:

Blatter resigns

Blatter announced his resignation in a hastily arranged news conference in Zurich. Blatter said a special election would be held shortly to appoint his successor.

"FIFA needs profound restructuring," Blatter said. "Although...

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FIFA: Timeline of latest events as 14 indicted over corruption

A comprehensive review of all of the day's FIFA investigation storylines.

FIFA are in crisis amid corruption charges levelled by both the U.S. Department of Justice and the Swiss government at world football's governing body. Here is a timeline of the latest events as they happened -- all times in BST.

May 27, 6 a.m.: FIFA officials arrested on corruption charges

Swiss authorities arrested several top FIFA officials early on Tuesday morning when more than a dozen plain-clothes Swiss law enforcement officials arrived unannounced at Zurich's Baur au Lac hotel.

The charges...

FIFA IGC former members say Blatter resignation gives hope for future

ESPN's Jeremy Schaap discusses potential successors for Sepp Blatter and believes that Blatter is still "a crook" even if he is not found criminally liable.

When Mark Pieth headed up FIFA's Independent Governance Committee, the resistance to reform was such that he said the people inside FIFA "were hard of hearing."

Now it appears that FIFA has begun to listen, at least for the moment. Not only did president Sepp Blatter resign, but he and Domenico Scala, chairman of FIFA's audit and compliance committee, stated at Tuesday's press conference that many of the reforms suggested by the IGC back in 2014 would be taken up.

Pieth, a professor of criminal...