Fifa's own goal: What led to Sepp Blatter's fall?

EWN looks at a timeline of events since the Fifa corruption scandal broke last week.

The global football's governing body Fifa's headquarters in Zurich. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Just four days after being re-elected as the Fifa president for the fifth time, Sepp Blatter has in a shock announcement confirmed that he will step down.

Blatter said on Tuesday an emergency committee would decide his fate in May 2016.

Eyewitness News looks back at the timeline of events since the story broke last week.

The new date for a re-election is up to the executive committee and the expectation is that it will between December 2015 and March 2016.


Blatter announces he's stepping down as president at a press conference in Zurich.

US prosecutors believe Blatter's top lieutenant made $10 million in bank transactions that are central to the bribery investigation of the world football body.

Fifa's Secretary General, Jerome Valcke is described in an indictment filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, as an unidentified "high-ranking Fifa official" who in 2008 transferred the sum to another Fifa official, Jack Warner.

Valcke is not named as a defendant and has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

He was not immediately available for comment.

Fifa released a statement and confirmed that the South African government did ask for the money to be diverted to the Diaspora Legacy Programme in the Caribbean instead of making its way to South Africa for 2010 showpiece.

The football governing body then defended itself in the face of what appears to be a glaring contradiction emanating from a letter addressed to its secretary general, explaining that all correspondence to the body is automatically sent to him.

Fifa has been at the centre of corruption investigations for years.

But the organisation has long dismissed allegations that top officials were on the take.

The probe relates to the alleged corrupt bidding process for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.


On Friday former President Thabo Mbeki echoed Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula's sentiments saying his former government would never have paid a bribe to any officials to secure the hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup even if it was solicited.

The Fifa president said the scandal-plagued football body may have avoided its current problems if Russia and Qatar had not been chosen as hosts of the next two World Cups.

Blatter was re-elected president of Fifa for a fifth term on Friday after the only other candidate conceded defeat after a first round of voting in an election overshadowed by allegations of corruption in world football.

Blatter's victory came despite demands that he quit in the face of a major bribery scandal being investigated by US, Swiss and other law enforcement agencies that plunged the world football body into the worst crisis in its 111-year history.


On Thursday, German sportswear company Adidas and beverage company Coca-Cola Co called on Fifa to increase transparency and resolve the controversy.

Visa Inc told Fifa it could end its sponsorship if soccer's governing body does not act fast to restore the reputation of the game.

The Fifa president chaired an emergency meeting with representatives from Fifa's six confederations on Thursday.

Blatter said on Thursday that shame and humiliation have been brought on Fifa following the turbulent events which included the arrest of leading soccer officials at their Zurich hotel.

Blatter, making his first public appearance since Wednesday's extraordinary events which critics said marked a new low for his federation, said there was no room "for corruption of any kind".

Mbalula challenged authorities to show proof of the South African involved in alleged bribery in connection with the 2010 Fifa World Cup and if so justice must take its course.


Last Wednesday, the FBI together with US tax authorities and Swiss authorities, launched a corruption investigation into senior officials at the world soccer body.

US authorities confirmed nine football officials and five sports media and promotions executives are facing corruption charges involving more than $150 million in bribes.

Fifa confirmed Blatter and General Secretary Jerome Valcke were not involved and have not been implicated in the corruption racket.

The investigation is related to corrupt bidding for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

A top South African bid official is also being investigated for allegedly offering a bribe of $10 million to a top Fifa official.

No one has been named yet but the South African government has since dismissed the claims.

Fifa has been at the centre of corruption investigations for years.

But the organisation has long dismissed allegations that top officials were on the take.