On Tuesday, June 2nd, just days after being reelected as FIFA president for a fifth term, Sepp Blatter has decided (in my opinion, been told) to step down. This news was announced via a live press conference on FIFA.com. Nobody knows who the next President will be, but who cares? This is a beautiful day for the world of football.
When I first heard the news that Blatter would regain his seat as the head of FIFA, I was a bit depressed. I imagined all the bad things that were going to continue to occur within the upcoming four years and how the World Cup nations would be affected.
Of course, Sepp leaving still doesn't change the most important things:
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However, this could be the first and most important domino. Or it could be a big, fat, juicy red herring that causing nothing to change and the sport remains a mess.
With Blatter resigning, there is now hope for the world's game once again. There is hope that the World Cup will find a new home in 2018 and 2022 and there is hope that the wrong doing of many FIFA officials will finally come to an end. (Editor's Note: Nope)
Of course, there is corruption in every major organization around the world but when one giant such as FIFA, a multi-billion non-profit organization, is finally brought to some small semblance of justice, you get an inkling that further and greater changes may be afoot.
What will this mean for the next FIFA president? Will he (or she) continue the wrongdoings of the past or bring FIFA back to what it once was originally intended to do? I guess we'll have to wait and see, but this is a great day for football. Kiss your Nobel Peace Prize goodbye, Sepp. It was never going to happen.