The president of 17 years has stepped down in light of the corruption scandal which has blighted the world governing body
The Swiss announced his decision at a hastily-arranged press conference on Tuesday after his secretary-general Jerome Valcke had earlier been implicated in the US Department of Justice’s investigations into a $10 million payment to indicted former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner.
“I have thoroughly thought about my presidency and the 40 years Fifa has played in my life. I love Fifa more than anything else and I only want to do the best. I decided to stand again for election for the good of football,” he told the gathered media.
“My mandate does not appear to be supported by everybody. This is why I will call an extraordinary meeting.
“I will organise an 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.”
Blatter has been president since 1998 and was re-elected for a fifth term only four days before his resignation.