FIFA president Sepp Blatter resigns

In stunning news, FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who was reelected to his fifth term just last week and who said he was now the president of everybody, has resigned from his office

Blatter’s resignation comes in the wake of a widespread FIFA corruption scandal that led to an international police raid at a Swiss hotel last week.

“What counts most to me is the institution of FIFA and football around the world,” Blatter said Tuesday. “Thank you for your kind attention.”

Blatter has led the international soccer organization since 1998 and, despite continued allegations of corruption. That obviously has changed in the past week, and even though the U.S. Department of Justice didn’t appear to be targeting Blatter in its investigation, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s safe from this controversy.

Tuesday’s news must have made made John Oliver’s dreams come true.

And now we wait for Oliver to drink all the Budweiser.

Oliver, of course, wasn’t the only one on Twitter who was relieved ecstatic with Tuesday’s news.

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So, who will be the one to succeed Blatter and who will be in charge of (hopefully) cleaning up FIFA’s corruption? This is one strong possibility.

Blatter is not out of the picture yet, however. He said he plans to announce a special session, known as an extraordinary FIFIA congress, to elect a new president “as soon as possible.”

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Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.