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Sepp Blatter to resign as Fifa president after 17 years in role

• Successor will be chosen at extraordinary general meeting of Fifa

• Blatter to stay until next president is elected between December and March

FIFA PRESIDENT BLUTER

Sepp Blatter has dramatically quit as Fifa president, just days after he was defiant in re-election for a fifth term and sparking a flurry of speculation over the future of world football and the fate of the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar.

Under intense pressure from ongoing investigations by the FBI and Swiss prosecutors that have already led to 18 senior football executives being charged in the US on charges of money laundering, tax evasion and racketeering, Blatter said he had decided to step down.

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