Just days ago Sepp Blatter smiled triumphantly after a near landslide re-election for a fifth term as FIFA president and arrogantly declared himself, "president of everybody."
Indictments and extraditions meant nothing. Scandal and open criminal cases on two continents were mere distractions. The howls of the West, where the wealthiest soccer playing countries tried to band together to unseat him, were discarded.
Then Tuesday he up and quit, the 79-year-old running for the Swiss hills for some yet to be known reason … a gathering posse remaining the most likely, but yet unconfirmed choice.
"FIFA needs a profound restructuring," Blatter said Tuesday in Zurich, at a hastily scheduled news conference.
Perhaps for the first time Sepp Blatter said something undeniably true. And now there is a chance it can happen.
Blatter noted that he no longer enjoyed the world's support, no matter his "President of Everybody" stance. Many of the smaller, poorer countries of the 209 FIFA members wereRead More »from With Sepp Blatter out, FIFA should start by stripping Qatar of 2022 World Cup