FIFA President Sepp Blatter has confirmed that he will be leaving the governing body, when he told a press conference on Monday that he will not contest in elections billed for February 2016.
“I will not be a candidate for the election in 2016,” he confirmed during the press conference on Monday.
“There will be a new president. I can’t be the new president.”
The event was disrupted by British comedian and prankster Lee Nelson, who threw fake bank notes at Blatter.
Earlier, FIFA had announced on its website that a new President will emerge in February, following Blatter’s decision to step down after recent bribery and corruption scandals.
FIFA released a statement that read in part: “Chaired by FIFA President Blatter, the Executive Committee today pushed for a range of important reforms to be submitted for decision to the upcoming extraordinary Congress, underlining FIFA’s commitment to better governance and greater accountability. They also decided that this Congress will take place in Zurich on 26 February 2016, when a new FIFA President will be elected.
“The reform topics proposed include enhanced centralized integrity checks for Executive Committee members, the introduction of term limits, higher standards of governance at all levels of football structures including confederations and member associations, as well as individual disclosure of compensation.
“The members welcomed the presentation on reforms delivered by Domenico Scala, independent chairman of the Audit and Compliance Committee. The Executive Committee, supported by the confederations, reiterated its unity and stated its firm commitment to reforms. The executive also stressed its full cooperation with the on-going US and Swiss investigations.
“To further strengthen this reform process, it was decided to set up a specific FIFA Task Force ‘Reforms’ to be chaired by a neutral chairman who should be appointed in consultation with the confederations’ presidents. This Task Force will be composed of two representatives of each of the AFC, CAF, CONCACAF and UEFA, as well as of one representative from each of CONMEBOL and the OFC. Concrete and comprehensive reform proposals should be elaborated for presentation at the next ordinary FIFA Executive Committee meeting, scheduled to be held in Zurich on 24 and 25 September 2015, and thereafter submitted for approval at the extraordinary Congress.
Given that the extraordinary elective Congress will take place on 26 February 2016, the deadline for submission of candidates for the office of FIFA President must take place in writing, together with the declarations of support of at least five members (cf. art. 24 par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes), by 26 October 2015 at the latest.”