WRAPUP 8-Blatter quits FIFA; under investigation by U.S. prosecutors, FBI

martes 2 de junio de 2015 23:30 GYT
 

* Resignation comes after U.S., Swiss corruption probes

* FIFA needs profound restructuring - Blatter

* Election for new FIFA president will be held soon

* Several names emerge as potential next president

By Brian Homewood

ZURICH/NEW YORK, June 2 (Reuters) - Sepp Blatter rocked the world of soccer on Tuesday by saying he would step down as FIFA president in the wake of a corruption investigation that now includes the 79-year-old chief himself.

Blatter, who has led soccer's world governing body since 1998, is being investigated by U.S. prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a person who spoke on condition of anonymity told Reuters late on Tuesday. An FBI spokesman declined comment.

News of Blatter's investigation was earlier reported by The New York Times and ABC News. Blatter has not been charged with any wrongdoing. FIFA did not respond to a request for comment on Blatter being under investigation.

Blatter, a Swiss national who has been a dominant presence at FIFA for decades, announced his decision to step down at a hastily arranged news conference in Zurich, six days after police raided a hotel in the city and arrested several FIFA officials - and just four days after he was re-elected to a fifth term as FIFA president.   Continuación...