4 Jun 2015

Deposed FIFA president, Sepp Blatter to stay in office until February 2016 despite resignation

Deposed FIFA president Sepp Blatter intends to stay in office until February — the likeliest date for the governing body's next election — despite tendering his resignation on Tuesday.

Hours after his bombshell decision to quit having served 17 years at the helm, Blatter was back at FIFA House to address the staff.

The emotional Swiss told around 400 FIFA personnel in Zurich: 'We're in a crisis. I need all your help to get out of the crisis. Stay strong, we've got a lot of work to do.'

Blatter received a standing ovation said to have lasted 10 minutes from the party faithful as he entered the packed auditorium.

He was at his desk by 6.30am on Wednesday with a full programme of meetings and queues outside his office — as if nothing had changed.

But FA chairman Greg Dyke believes Blatter's ambition to stay in charge until a successor is elected is 'fantasy', adding: 'Anyone who has left a big organisation knows the day you say you're leaving, you've gone.'

Credit: Charles Sale/SportsMail

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