Blatter to face media for first time since stepping down

Blatter and Valcke will take part in a media conference after an executive committee meeting.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter speaks with Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke during a press conference on 30 May, 2015 in Zurich after being re-elected during the Fifa Congress. Picture: AFP.

ZURICH - Fifa president Sepp Blatter is set to face the media in a weeks' time for the first time since he announced last month that he would step down as president of the world's biggest soccer's governing body.

Blatter and secretary general Jerome Valcke will both take part in a media conference after an executive committee meeting which will set the date for the extraordinary Fifa Congress and presidential election.

The 79-year-old was elected for a fifth term as Fifa president in May but announced just four days later that he would lay down his mandate and call a fresh election where he would not be a candidate.

The announcement came with Fifa in turmoil after 14 sports marketing executives and soccer officials, including several from Fifa, were indicted in the US on bribery, money laundering and wire fraud charges involving more than $150 million in payments.

Seven of those accused were arrested by Swiss police in a dawn raid on a luxury Zurich hotel two days before the Fifa Congress where Blatter was re-elected.

Since then, Blatter has given a handful of exclusive interviews to German-speaking media but has not spoken in public. He did not take questions after the speech in which he announced his decision to step down.

Blatter did not travel to Canada to present the trophy at the Women's World Cup final on 5 July, a duty which instead fell to Fifa vice-president Issa Hayatou.

He also missed the Copa America, a tournament he has routinely attended in the past, in Chile.

On 5 July he told the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag that he would not take any "travel risks" until everything had been cleared up.

US prosecutors have not accused Blatter of any wrongdoing, but his stewardship of soccer's governing body is under scrutiny, sources familiar with investigations in the United States and Switzerland have said.

Blatter has said he will use his final months as president to try and push through reforms.

He has proposed that the executive committee should be elected directly by the Fifa Congress, where Fifa's 209 national associations each hold one vote, rather than the current system where the continental confederations choose their representatives.

He also wants all executive committee members to be subject to independent integrity checks by Fifa's ethics committee.