— FIFA President Sepp Blatter has not made a U-turn on
his plans to leave office, the governing body said Friday.
responded after Swiss daily Blick reported comments made
by Blatter late Thursday to construction workers at FIFA's
new museum in Zurich.
told the workers that he technically had not resigned on
June 2 but had pledged to lay down his mandate at a
special election congress which is being organized.
speech on June 2, Blatter did not use the word
"resign" and also pledged he would not be a
candidate at the next election.
can confirm the quotes in Blick are accurate," FIFA
said in a statement. "However, they are fully in line
with the speech of the President on June 2."
election congress is expected to be held between December
has not fully explained why he announced he would leave
office just four days after winning re-election amid a
crisis provoked by American and Swiss federal
investigations of corruption linked to FIFA.
law enforcement officials have confirmed that Blatter is a
target of their investigation into widespread bribery and
racketeering linked to broadcast rights and hosting votes
for international tournaments.
football and marketing officials have already made guilty
pleas and 14 more were named in an indictment published on