#Fifagate: Corruption racket hangs over Blatter's head

Sepp Blatter could well be the target of a corruption probe just hours after announcing his resignation.

Sepp Blatter, shocked the world on 2 June 2015 following the announcement that he will step down from his post as Fifa president. Picture: Fifa YouTube Channel.

JOHANNESBURG - Both the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Fifa have not commented on new reports that outgoing President Sepp Blatter is the target of a federal corruption probe in the United States, just hours after announcing his resignation.

Citing sources familiar with the case, the New York Times and ABC News claim Blatter is being investigated by the FBI and US prosecutors.

He has not been charged with any wrongdoing so far.

Blatter, whose resignation after 17 years was met with shock on Tuesday night, said Fifa needs a profound restructuring that he has not been able to achieve during his tenure.

"Although the members of Fifa have given me the new mandate, have re-elected me president, this mandate does not seem to be supported by everybody in the world of football; supporters, clubs, players, those who inspire life in football."

Swizerland's Attorney General confirmation that they would not pursue a criminal investigation against the outgoing Fifa president.

This comes as some relief for him as the pending inquiry from US authorities could well have played a role in his shock decision to stand down.

The eye-watering, 47-count indictment by the US Department of Justice has seen Fifa brought to its knees over the course of last week.

A host of the most powerful figures in the sport have all been implicated and arrests of its top executive took place in a luxury five-star Swiss hotel exactly seven days ago.

The FBI have for now refused to confirm if the 79-year-old will be formally charged.

SA REACTION

At the same time, Blatter's sudden resignation has been met with mixed reaction from soccer experts back home.

Marks Maponyane said another term would have damaged his integrity.

"Why are these presidents hanging in there? It shows you that obviously somebody is benefitting. There must be something, where there's smoke there's fire."

Former Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey said Blatter has made a considerable contribution to African football.

"He's done well for African football and that's why he won the vote. Obviously these people in Europe are wanting him out so that they can have their so-called power. I don't actually know if it will be good for African football."