Video - Extraordinary events at FIFA congress

Sepp Blatter
Sepp Blatter

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said he will step down and has called an extraordinary congress "as soon as possible", saying "a new president will be elected to follow me".

The 79-year-old Swiss called an extraordinary congress "as soon as possible", saying "a new president will be elected to follow me".

Blatter has held the role for 17 years and Football Association chairman Greg Dyke was quick to tell toldthe BBC Sepp Blatter's resignation as FIFA president is "brilliant for world football".

He said he would now ask FIFA’s executive committee to organise an extraordinary congress as “rapidly as possible” and would be carried out in accordance with the organisation’s statutes.

Mr Blatter had come under increased pressure in recent days to step down following the launch of from two separate criminal investigations into corruption at the world football organisation.

Blatter, 79, announced the decision at a news conference in Zurich, six days after the FBI raided a hotel in Zurich and arrested several FIFA officials.

"I have thoroughly considered my presidency and about the last 40 years in my life, these years were closely related to FIFA," he said.

"I only want to do the best for football. The elections are closed but the challenges we are facing have not.

"FIFA needs profound restructuring. I will call an extraordinary congress ... to elect a new president.

"I will not stand.. I am now free of the constraints of the election. I will now be in a position to enact reforms to follow on our initial efforts.

"For many years we have gone to great lengths and these need to continue as they have not yet been sufficient.

"I was convinced standing again was best option for football.

"Although the members have re-elected me, this mandate does not seem to be supported by everyone in the world of football.

"The players, clubs supporters... those who inspire life in football. The interests of FIFA are very dear to me and that is why I have taken this decision.

"What counts most to me is FIFA. Thank you very much for you kind attention."