(MEDIA GENERAL) – Surrounding by a shroud of controversy, FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced he has resigned from his position, delighting most factions of the soccer community.
Blatter, who was re-elected for his fifth term as president of FIFA on Friday, said FIFA’s congress will hold an election to name his successor as soon as possible.
Blatter has been the central figure of several scandals during his tenure with soccer’s international body, and he could not escape the large-scale investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice that named seven current and former high-ranking FIFA officials among 14 people charged with corruption, racketeering and wire fraud charges. Following last week’s arrests in Zurich, Blatter stood defiant in the face of opposition, saying he had no reason to believe he would be indicted under corruption charges. “Why would I step down? That would mean I recognize that I did wrong,” Blatter said.
No formal charges have been brought against Blatter, but the verdict is in for much of the soccer community: Whether Blatter will face corruption charges or not, he is at least partly responsible for FIFA’s allegedly corrupt nature and needed to be ousted to start to rebuild the organization that oversees the world’s most popular sport.
Here are a few examples of the soccer community celebrating Blatter’s resignation, all while poking fun at the embattled president: