FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced on Tuesday that he plans to resign amid a corruption scandal engulfing the organization.
Blatter was re-elected to a fifth term as FIFA's president last week, just days after the U.S. Justice Department indicted 14 FIFA officials and business partners on a variety of corruption charges. Blatter defeated Prince Ali bin-Al Hussein of Jordan in the election, winning 133 votes on the first ballot to Ali's 73. Despite Blatter not receiving two-thirds of the vote on the first ballot, Ali conceded before the simple majority second ballot.
On Tuesday, he called an "extraordinary congress" to elect his successor.
Players and pundits reacted to the surprising news with a mix of glee, snark and optimism.
Ding dong the witch is dead. Daddy got his hand caught in the cookie jar🙈☕️🐸.— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) June 2, 2015
Just got pulled out of a WWC meeting. Wonder why?— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) June 2, 2015
Peace out, Sepp Blatter.— Jimmy Conrad (@JimmyConrad) June 2, 2015
Down goes the dirtball! Later seppy!— Eric Gehrig (@eGehrig16) June 2, 2015
"I'm such a hero for doing the right thing." - Sepp Blatter's internal voice.— Jimmy Conrad (@JimmyConrad) June 2, 2015
The Reality: He had to step down. The Feds got him!
✌️Blatter. FIFA needs some new restructuring.— Drew Beckie (@DrewBeckie) June 2, 2015
FA chairman Greg Dyke: ‘He’s stood down. He’s gone. Let’s celebrate’— Richard Conway (@richard_conway) June 2, 2015