Sepp Blatter has resigned as the president of Fifa, just four days after he won re-election for a fifth four-year term against the backdrop of the worst corruption scandal in the organisation’s history.
Mr Blatter, who presided over world football’s governing body for 17 years, said it would hold an extraordinary congress to elect his successor.
His resignation comes less than a week after US investigators alleged "rampant" corruption at the highest level of Fifa and indicted nine of the organisation’s officials, while Swiss prosecutors announced a criminal probe into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar.
Mr Blatter, a Swiss national, said his re-election "does not seem to be supported by everybody in the world of football". He added: "The election is closed but the challenges have not come to an end. Fifa needs a profound restructuring."
Domenico Scala, the head of Fifa’s audit and compliance committee, said the resignation would "fundamentally change the way people see Fifa", and outlined steps the organisation would take to reform itself.
"The decision he made was difficult and courageous,"
Mr Scala said. "In the current circumstances this was the best way to ensure an orderly transition. We have worked hard to put in place governance reforms, but this has not been enough."
Mr Blatter will continue in his post until the congress, likely to come between December and March next year. Until then, he said he would work to implement reforms to make Fifa honest and transparent.
He was re-elected after his only rival, Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, withdrew after gaining 73 votes to Blatter’s 133 in the first round of voting.
此前，布拉特的唯一竞争对手约旦王子阿里·本·侯赛因(Ali bin Al Hussein)在第一轮投票中只赢得了73票，相比之下布拉特赢得了133票。为此，后者撤出了选举，从而令布拉特再次当选国际足联主席。