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FIFA president Blatter resigns amid scandal

FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced his resignation on Tuesday amid the corruption scandal that has rocked FIFA's world governing body. Speaking at a news conference in Zurich, Blatter said a special election would be held shortly to appoint his successor.

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Odds on next FIFA president

UK sportsbook giant William Hill installed UEFA chief Michel Platini as the 6-5 favorite. Prince Ali bin al-Hussein (who ran against Sepp Blatter last week) is next at 7-4, followed by Luis Figo at 6-1.

What's next for FIFA?
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The earliest a new president can be elected is December. FIFA also proposed restructuring the executive committee.

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Sources: FBI was investigating Blatter
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The FBI and U.S. prosecutors were investigating Sepp Blatter, handling it in a similar way to an old-school racketeering case, sources told ABC News. Said one source: "Now that people are going to want to save themselves, there's probably a race to see who will flip on him first." The FBI declined to comment. Watch: Continuing reaction

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FIFA's eventful week
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Sepp Blatter's resignation as FIFA president caps off a wild week for the organization that includes the arrest and indictment of top officials amid corruption charges and Blatter's controversial election. ESPN FC timeline

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Hislop favors Michel Platini as FIFA prez
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ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop even wanted the UEFA president to vie for the post last week: "The only person involved in football with the charisma, with the reputation, to run against and potentially beat Sepp Blatter was Michel Platini."

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Darke: Blatter news is 'sensational'
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Ian Darke told SportsCenter: "Something has happened in the last four days that has changed everything here. ... You wonder if they've given [Blatter] some kind of ultimatum." Watch: Continuing reaction

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Darke: Something changed everything
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ESPN FC's Ian Darke says it's unusual for Sepp Blatter to give in to criticism: "It would be nice to think that Sepp Blatter, after all the talk of fraud, bribes, corruption, wire tapping, racketeering, fell on his sword."

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Swiss AG: Blatter not under investigation

The Swiss attorney general said today that Sepp Blatter is not under investigation by Swiss authorities. Watch: Reaction continues

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Taylor Twellman on the structure of FIFA
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"It needs a whole overhaul and looking at what's fair. ... Why are there no term limits on the executive committee as well?"

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Why did Sepp Blatter resign now?
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ESPN's Bob Ley wonders about the timing of Blatter's resignation: "In terms of the money, the alleged bribes have gotten closer and closer to the throne, closer and closer to FIFA," as the No. 2 guy there came under suspicion.

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Who will help institute change at FIFA?
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Blatter: "I have asked Domenico Scala to oversee the introduction and implementation of these and other measures. Mr. Scala is the Independent Chairman of our Audit and Compliance Committee elected by the FIFA Congress. He is also the Chairman of the ad hoc Electoral Committee and, as such, he will oversee the election of my successor." Watch: Continuing reaction

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How to elect a FIFA president
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Sepp Blatter announced he would resign as FIFA president today and called for an extraordinary congress. Presidential elections require four-month notice, and candidates must be vetted and allowed to present ideas. The voting could take place between December 2015 and March 2016. Story

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Blatter on reforming the executive committee
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"The Executive Committee must be reduced and its members should be elected through the FIFA Congress. The integrity checks for all Executive Committee members must be organized centrally through FIFA and not through the confederations. We need term limits not only for the president but for all members of the Executive Committee." Watch: Continuing reaction

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Blatter on his vanishing support
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"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." Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Sepp Blatter resigns as FIFA president Blatter: 3rd-longest tenure in post (Jules Rimet 33 years, Joao Havelange 24 years, Blatter 17 years)

Blatter on why he is stepping down
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"I appreciate and love FIFA more than anything else, and I only want to do the best," Blatter said in a news conference this afternoon in Zurich. "I am very much connected to the interests of FIFA ... and this is why I've taken to this decision." Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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FIFA presidency: Who's next?
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ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop says the real problem with FIFA -- and what the next president needs to fix -- is "the culture within FIFA."

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French Open fans look prescient
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Two spectators made their feelings clear earlier today at Roland Garros.

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"Blatter's out. Fine. But before you see me doing cartwheels and celebrating, there's about four or five bigger steps." - Taylor Twellman

Blatter: FIFA needs restructuring
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Sepp Blatter calls for an election to find a new FIFA president following his resignation: "The challenges FIFA is facing have not come to an end."

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Does today's resignation pave the way for FIFA to look at moving 2022 World Cup out of Qatar?

FIFA president Sepp Blatter resigns

Just days after being re-elected to a fifth term as FIFA president, Sepp Blatter has resigned his post. "FIFA needs profound restructuring. Although members have given me the new mandate, this mandate does not seem to be supported by everyone." Story