Fifa president Sepp Blatter is under investigation by US authorities as part of their probe into corruption and bribery at football’s governing body, US media has reported.
The news follows yesterday’s announcement that the 79-year-old was stepping down from his role at Fifa, despite having just won re-election two days ago. Blatter admitted that Fifa needed “profound restructuring” and said he would remain in the post until an extraordinary congress could be called to elect a new president.
Last week, US authorities arrested 14 Fifa officials for allegedly accepting bribes and other kickbacks estimated to be worth more than $150m (£97m) over a 24-year period.
Sources quotes by the New York Times said that US authorities hope to gain co-operation from some of those already arrested to build a case against Blatter, who has variously been described as the “Teflon man of Fifa”.
Swiss authorities have also opened an investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption and the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar.
The news of the investigation and Blatter’s resignation was met with joy by UEFA, European football’s governing body, and the FA, British football’s governing body.