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FIFA football chief Sepp Blatter is under increasing pressure to resign

FIFA football chief Sepp Blatter is under increasing pressure to resignSwiss authorities launch criminal proceedings against Blatter.

FIFA football chief Sepp Blatter is under increasing pressure to resign with a number of senior politicians in the country saying he should leave "soon".

The news comes following Swiss authorities launching criminal proceedings against Blatter.

Roland Buechel, Swiss Parliament member: "I think that he will step down earlier than he wanted. Things are tightening. He's now at the center of the problem. And the pressure of the sponsors of the public, of the politicians, of the authorities in Switzerland and in the United States are just too big, and he will have to leave quite soon."

Buechel said the affair was tarnishing the image of Switzerland.

Roland Buechel, Swiss Parliament member: "I really hope that new people, it must be football people, go in. But it must be people who have not been members of the executive committee. Whoever comes, he or they must know that Switzerland does not accept anymore. Now we know, we cannot say that we did not know. But if they carry on like this, we will not be happy to have them anymore in this country, and not with the privileges they have. This must be clear."

The annoucement of criminal proceedings against Sepp Blatter is another blow to FIFA's reputation. Earlier this year the FBI annouced a criminal probe into football's world governing body to investigate fruad and corruption related to the hosting of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups which were awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively.

Source: Ukraine Today
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