The world may believe that Sepp Blatter had ended his 17-year reign on 2 June amid allegations of corruption rocking the world football’s governing body.
However, a Swiss newspaper Blick has quoted Blatter as saying, “I did not resign. I put myself and my office in the hands of the Fifa congress.”
Two criminal investigations into alleged Fifa corruption began in the week that Blatter was elected for a fifth term in charge.
While stepping down as Fifa president, Blatter had said that he realised that his election for the the top job didn’t have approval of many of his colleagues.
He had further said, ” While I have a mandate from the membership of Fifa, I do not feel that I have a mandate from the entire world of football – the fans, the players, the clubs, the people who live, breathe and love football as much as we all do at Fifa. Therefore, I have decided to lay down my mandate at an extraordinary elective congress. I will continue to exercise my functions as Fifa President until that election.”
Blatter is to said to be considering contesting the election for president once again.
His latest statement and intention to contest the election again will be controversial given that he’s currently being investigated in the US for corruption allegations.