This time last week one of Sepp Blatter's former colleagues told us it was "the beginning of the endgame" for FIFA under his leadership. He did survive the election itself, the judgement of his colleagues in the formal vote last week. But as day after day allegations continued, we and others reported that he was likely to be questioned himself and his position became increasingly untenable. But his announcement in the last few minutes that he is to quit now is a huge shock nonetheless. He survived years of allegations of sleaze and corruption. No more. Whether the Russian and Qatari World Cups can survive now isn't yet clear.
Newsnight Chief Correspondent