FIFA president Joseph "Sepp" Blatter presented his resignation Tuesday, just days after being re-elected to a fifth term amid a massive corruption scandal involving numerous top officials from the organization.
Blatter, who has held the position for 17 years, had previously resisted calls to resign, in spite of the indictments by the U.S. Justice Department against FIFA officials. The FBI raided a Zurich hotel arresting several high-level soccer officials last week.
“What counts most to me is the institution of FIFA and football around the world. Thank you for your kind attention,” Blatter said.
FIFA spokespeople also announced that a series of reforms will be presented at an extraordinary Congress for the body, which is expected be held sometimes between December and March, where a vote for a new president will also take place.