Sepp Blatter may have announced his intention to resign following the FIFA corruption scandal but he isn’t gone just yet.
But, good news, it looks as though we’ll only have to wait six months for the election of Blatter’s successor, with December 16 looking like the most likely option.
FIFA executives will meet next month to settle on the date.
Blatter shockingly announced he would resign last Tuesday – four days after he was re-elected for a fifth term – following corruption charges against FIFA officials which rocked the organisation.
A FIFA spokesperson said:
It requires an extraordinary executive committee to confirm a date and agenda for the extraordinary elective congress. This extraordinary executive committee will convene in July, the precise date to be confirmed this week. There are currently various date options for discussion at this extraordinary executive committee meeting.
Meanwhile, although the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar are currently under investigation, FIFA are pushing ahead with plans for the event in Russia in two years’ time.
However, bidding for the 2026 World Cup has been postponed in light of the ongoing investigations.
With six months to go, we really hope the FBI have something amazing planned for when Blatter leaves the post at the end of the year. Showing him a massive red card while leading him away to a prison cell would be our shout.