With Blat­ter stun­ningly step­ping down, his suc­ces­sor will face some ma­jor de­ci­sions for soc­cer’s world gov­ern­ing body . . . and the sport it­self

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -

The World Cup of soc­cer scan­dals reached at least the end of its first chap­ter Tues­day when long­time FIFA Pres­i­dent Sepp Blat­ter, four days af­ter be­ing elected to a fifth term, said he will re­sign amid a widen­ing probe into cor­rup­tion in­volv­ing World Cup bids and kick­backs from sports mar­keters. ¶ A pos­si­ble win­ner from the FIFA scan­dal is Euro­pean soc­cer chief and for­mer French star Michel Pla­tini, who called on Blat­ter to step down, and is the early bet­ting fa­vorite to be elected as FIFA’s new boss. A pos­si­ble loser? Qatar, whose plans to host the 2022 World Cup could be in jeop­ardy be­cause the vote award­ing the tour­na­ment to the Mid­dle Eastern monar­chy has been so con­tro­ver­sial. ¶ U.S. and Swiss in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing and the guess­ing game con­tin­ues about pos­si­ble fu­ture in­dict­ments and res­ig­na­tions in soc­cer’s hi­er­ar­chy.

Ennio Leanza As­so­ci­ated Press

IT HAS BEEN a week of up­heaval for FIFA, with ar­rests of top of­fi­cials in Switzer­land last Wed­nes­day, fol­lowed by the re­elec­tion Fri­day of Sepp Blat­ter for a fifth term as pres­i­dent, then Blat­ter’s de­ci­sion Tues­day to step down in the com­ing months. A1

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