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Summary

  1. Football: Sepp Blatter to resign as Fifa president
  2. Blatter cites a "lack of support in the world of football"
  3. Extraordinary congress will take place between December and March 2016
  4. Get involved: Your reaction to Sepp Blatter quitting #bbcsportsday

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By Shamoon Hafez, Matt Davis and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

Sepp Blatter
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It has been a crazy end to the day with the news that Sepp Blatter's time as Fifa president is finally coming to an end.

Thank you for all your comments. We will back with Sportsday Live tomorrow at the earlier-than-normal time of 07:00 BST. So goodbye for now and we will see you then.

Potential FIFA candidate?

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

And if Fifa are looking for a choice out of left field, how about Austin Powers star Verne Troyer?

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IOC on Blatter

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach: ``We highly respect this decision of President Blatter to step down and to initiate the necessary reforms and to make way for a new leadership of FIFA to drive these changes.''

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Chris Mitchell: FIFA could do worse than Seb Coe as the next president, not a football man but an excellent sports administrator.

Shaun Hurst: OK people, grab your popcorn because Sepp Blatter just resigned. Now sit back and watch as all hell breaks loose at FIFA.

Erlingur Einarsson: Methinks pressure from sponsors had something to do with Sepp Blatter's sudden change of heart.

van Praag on Blatter

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

President of the Dutch football federation Michael van Praag was another candidate who withdrew before the elections on 29 May.

He tweeted: I wanted change for the FIFA and this may be a very big step in the right direction. Let's truly accomplish

The Dutch federation (KNVB) have said in a

statement: "Given the campaign conducted by Michael van Praag and the KNVB, it will be clear that the Netherlands Football Association welcomes Sepp Blatter's resignation as president of FIFA.

"The fact that he has chosen to step down only days after his re-election is striking but no cause for speculation as far as the KNVB is concerned. Everyone who has seen the images and followed the news knows that Mr Blatter's reelection failed to bring the peace he wanted."

Ali back in the running?

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent in Zurich

"I'm told Prince Ali remains at the disposal of the national associations for the new Fifa election."

Mr Blatter's rival for the recent election, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, had forced a second round of voting but withdrew.

Front pages

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

International New York Times
International New York Times

Some first editions of tomorrow's papers are coming out and Blatter has made the front page of the International New York Times.

World Cup sponsor welcomes resignation

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

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World Cup sponsor Coca-Cola has called Blatter's resignation "a positive step."

"Our expectation remains that FIFA will continue to act with urgency to take concrete actions to fully address all of the issues that have been raised and win back the trust of all who love the sport of football.

"We believe this decision will help FIFA transform itself rapidly into a much-needed 21st century structure and institution."

'A good day for football' - Figo

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

Luis Figo
AFP

Former Portugal midfielder Luis Figo had run for the presidency in the latest election, before withdrawing in the week before the vote.

"A good day for FIFA and for football," he said on

Facebook. "Change is finally coming. I said on Friday that the day would come sooner or later.

"Here it is! Now we should, responsibly and calmly, find a consensual solution worldwide in order to start new era of dynamism, transparency and democracy in FIFA."

FIFPro welcome Blatter's resignation

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

Statement from world football players' union FIFPro on Blatter's resignation.

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"FIFPro welcomes the decision of FIFA President Sepp Blatter to resign as this creates an overdue and unique opportunity to fundamentally reform the governance of football.

"The world's professional footballers, through FIFPro, have a pivotal role to play in the structural overhaul of football. We are deeply committed to achieving this critical outcome in conjunction with all of the game's key stakeholders.

"FIFPro insists that only flawless governance will be acceptable to protect the wellbeing of the players and the integrity of the game. The reform effort will fail without the direct involvement of the players."

The Fifa structure

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

World Football
BBC

So the above graphic shows the current structure of Fifa. That may not be the case in the future.

In announcing his decision to quit, current president Sepp Blatter said: "The executive committee includes representatives from federations over whom we have no control but for whose actions Fifa is being held responsible. We need deep-rooted structural change."

Why Africa backed Sepp Blatter

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

Sepp Blatter
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If you read most of the world's media, Sepp Blatter's ability to hang on to power at Fifa was nothing short of miraculous

After years of negative headlines, the frenzy has reached fever pitch in the wake of the US allegations of corruption at the highest level in football - even though Mr Blatter himself has not been implicated.

And running through all this coverage was a theme - bemusement that much of the football world kept voting for him.

Nowhere was Sepp Blatter's support stronger than across Asia and Africa. So why did most of the representatives from those two continents vote for him again?

Read this feature and all will be revealed.

Key dates in Blatter's downfall

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

Sepp Blatter
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1 June 2015: Blatter is re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term after his challenger, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, withdraws during a second round of voting.

Football Association vice-chairman David Gill rejects a place on FIFA's executive committee under Blatter.

Independent FA director Heather Rabbattslater resigns from FIFA's anti-discrimination task force.

June 2 2015: Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke denies allegations that he made key payments in a bribery scandal.

Blatter announces he is to resign as FIFA president.

Key dates in Blatter's downfall

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

Fifa HQ
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May 2015: Seven FIFA officials are arrested in dawn raids at a hotel in Zurich. They are later charged by US authorities along with two other FIFA officials and five corporate executives over allegations of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies spanning 24 years. They are accused of breeding decades of "rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted" corruption within FIFA by the US justice department.

The Swiss authorities raid FIFA headquarters, gathering data and documents for their separate investigation into allegations of criminal mismanagement and money laundering in connection with the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.

Key dates in Blatter's downfall

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

November 2014: Hans-Joachim Eckert, chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA's independent ethics committee, publishes a 42-page summary of Garcia's investigation, effectively confirming Russia and Qatar as World Cup hosts after finding breaches by them were "of very limited scope".

FIFA lodges a criminal complaint with the Swiss attorney general over "possible misconduct" by individuals but insists the investigation into the bidding process for the two World Cups is concluded. Garcia calls the summary "incomplete and erroneous" and launches an appeal against it.

December 2014: Garcia loses his appeal against Eckert's review of his report and resigns as FIFA's independent ethics investigator, criticising FIFA's "lack of leadership" and saying he cannot change the culture of the world governing body.

FIFA executives agree to publish a "legally appropriate version" of the report. This has yet to happen.

Key dates in Blatter's downfall

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

Michael Garcia
AFP

July 2012: FIFA commissions a report into allegations of corruption in world football which is led by former US attorney and newly appointed head of FIFA'S ethics committee Michael Garcia.

June 2014: The Sunday Times reports it has received "hundreds of millions" of documents which it claims reveal that disgraced former FIFA executive committee member Bin Hammam had made payments to football officials in return for votes for Qatar.

September 2014: Garcia completes his 430-page report into corruption allegations and sends it to FIFA.

Key dates in Blatter's downfall

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

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December 2010: Russia is awarded the 2018 World Cup and Qatar gets the 2022 hosting rights, days after the BBC broadcasts a Panorama expose of FIFA.

May 2011: FIFA suspends presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam and vice-president Jack Warner pending an investigation into claims they offered financial incentives to members of the Caribbean Football Union. It drops a complaint against Blatter.

The Qatar 2022 team deny any wrongdoing with their winning bid, saying their name has been "dragged through the mud for no reason".

June 2011: Bin Hammam is found guilty of bribery and banned from all international and national football activity for life. Warner escapes investigation after resigning from his position.

Second time lucky for Ginola?

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

Right, back to Sepp Blatter quitting as Fifa president.

And it could be second time lucky for David Ginola. The former Newcastle, Tottenham and Aston Villa midfielder, backed by a betting company, announced his intention to run for the Fifa presidency in January before withdrawing two weeks' later.

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But the Frenchman is back. And he has already stated his intention to stand as a candidate in the forthcoming Fifa presidential election.

Ancelotti rejects AC Milan interest

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Once again we briefly step away from the Sepp Blatter news and this time our focus is on AC Milan.

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Carlo Ancelotti, whose old job in charge of Real Madrid is set to be taken by Rafael Benitez (see 19:00 BST), has been talking about potentially taking charge at AC Milan.

Ancelotti, who was in charge of AC Milan from 2001 to 2009, writes on Twitter: "I thank AC Milan for their interest. It's hard to say no to a club that I love so well. I have to rest. I wish you the best."

So, that a no from Ancelotti then.

Ferdinand on Gill

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

David Gill and Rio Ferdinand
Manchester United

Former England captain Rio Ferdinand has

tweeted:David Gill.....do the honourable thing & please step forward

Gill to reconsider position

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

Johnny and Rhys you may be on to something as...

Football Association vice-chairman David Gill rejected a place on Fifa's executive committee while Sepp Blatter is president.

David Gill
Manchester United

But the former Manchester United chief executive has said he will reconsider his position to sit on the committee as Britain's Fifa vice-president.

"I fully welcome today's news as a major step forward for FIFA on the road to proper reform.

"I respect Mr Blatter's decision but am pleased he is standing aside and by the clear determination for real change within FIFA. This in turn allows me to reconsider my position.

"Having yet to confirm formally my resignation, I am willing to play my part in helping to bring about a positive future for FIFA and to work with the many people within the organisation who are only committed to developing and promoting the game around the world.

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Rodgers Wabito: Reports of Sepp Blatter's resignation from Fifa sounds like April Fools' Day joke. Felt like he would cling to power till death.

Jonny Wright: David Gill for new FIFA president. He'd do a brilliant job and has already demonstrated his commitment for a transparent FIFA.

Rhys Tomlinson: Blatter out. David Gill in please. Hopefully this will also include no more bias towards the Spanish league.

Fifa - the movie?

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

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Former England defender Graeme Le Saux is not taking Sepp Blatter's announcement too seriously.

On

Twitter he jokes: "All the ingredients here for a Hollywood blockbuster or 5 series HBO drama. Danny Devito (pictured) is made for role of Blatter. But what title?"

Fifpro react to news

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

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The board of world football players' union FIFPro watching the news that Sepp Blatter will resign as FIFA President.

BreakingBenitez for Real Madrid

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Rafael Benitez
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Right, let's step away from the Sepp Blatter story for a minute. And it is the breaking news that Rafael Benitez will be presented as Real Madrid manager tomorrow morning.

The former Liverpool and Chelsea boss was in charge of Napoli in the 2014-15 season and will replace Carlo Ancelotti at the Bernabeu.

Everyone is talking about Sepp

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

The highlighted areas show where the conversation on Blatter's resignation is dense on Twitter. Interestingly not a lot is being said in Russia and Qatar but Great Britain cannot get enough of it.

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Stan trumped in Switzerland

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

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One Twitter user - Hannah Wilks - reacts to the resignation of Swiss Blatter on Twitter: "Poor Stanislas Wawrinka.

He beats Federer in a Slam & still won't be the top story in Switzerland. Not even the top sports story."

Wawrinka

replies:"I'm OK with that, don't worry."

To the exit, Sepp

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

This is the Blatter image being shared more than any other on Twitter as we speak.

Sepp Blatter
Blatter

Shearer fears Blatter is a Magpie

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

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Former Newcastle and England striker Alan Shearer

tweets:"Good news is Blatter is gone. Bad news is I've heard he's after the Newcastle job!"

Football's 'Teflon Man'

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

Sepp Blatter
BBC

Sepp Blatter, 79, has had a controversial time in charge of Fifa. He has the nickname of the 'Teflon Man' after staying in his role when others around him left their positions.

BBC News has profiled Blatter's time in charge of Fifa.

It is well worth a watch.

"Bad news for Qatar"

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

Dan Roan

BBC sports editor

"Think this is bad for Blatter? Could be a lot worse for Qatar."

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Watch the moment Blatter quits

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

Sepp Blatter
BBC

Want to watch the moment Sepp Blatter quit as Fifa president? Of course you do.

Here is the link.

Blatter not under investigation - Swiss authorities

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

Statement from Swiss Atorney General

"The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has taken note of the announced resignation of Joseph S. Blatter as President of the Fifa.

"The OAG has opened criminal proceedings against persons unknown on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and of money laundering. Therefore, Joseph S. Blatter is not under investigation by the OAG. His announced resignation will have no influence on the ongoing criminal proceedings."

"We need limits to presidents' terms"

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

More from Blatter's resignation speech: "The size of 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 organised 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."

Bring back ethics - Kompany

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany

on Twitter: "Blatter wasn't solely responsible, more have to follow. Transparency and voting reform, then we move on and bring back ethics."

'Address issues which undermine Fifa'

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

And more from Domenico Scala (See 18:28): "Many have questioned the transparency of the way Fifa operates.

"Fifa is committed to changed and minded to address the issue which continue to undermine Fifa and football more broadly."

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Steve Downes: Blatter splattered, FIFA flattened, Sport smiling.

David Penn: A long road back for FIFA but an important first step today. The challenge now is to develop with transparency & inclusiveness.

Great news, says FA chairman Dyke

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

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Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has been speaking to BBC News. He said: "The whole organisation of Fifa needs re-structuring. The whole organisation needs looking at financially.

"The future has got to be about transparency but this is great news today."

Dyke added that Fifa under Blatter has done some good, including taking the World Cup to Africa for the first time in 2010, but added: "It's all been done under a cloud of corruption and today it ends."

'Work to regain trust'

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

More from Domenico Scala (see 18:23): "The president has communicated his decision to all members of Fifa and now is the time for Fifa to move forward.

"There is significant work to gain the trust of the public and reform the way people see Fifa. And takes steps to ensure the organisation is not used by those seeking to enrich themselves at the expense of the game."

Platini backs Blatter decision

Football: Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president

Sepp Blatter
AFP

Uefa president Michel Platini has backed Sepp Blatter's decision to step down as Fifa president.

Platini, who asked Sepp Blatter to resign before the election that saw him become re-elected, said: "It was a difficult decision, a brave decision, and the right decision."