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Gary Lineker sarcastically praises FIFA as an "upstanding organisation" following Blatter resignation

Published 02/06/2015 | 18:44

Football host Gary Lineker was quick to question the integrity of FIFA following the surprising announcement that Sepp Blatter has resigned as president.

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The 79-year-old Swiss has called an extraordinary congress "as soon as possible", saying "a new president will be elected to follow me".

Blatter has held the role for 17 years but has come under increasing pressure following recent revelations.

Blatter's announcement comes after FIFA has admitted it paid $10m destined for the South Africa World Cup to an account controlled by the disgraced former vice-president Jack Warner.

Lineker was quick to poke fun at the under-fire organisation.

"Blatter has resigned. Can't quite believe it. FIFA always appeared to be such a fine upstanding organisation," he posted on his Twitter account which has more than 3.9m followers.

"Missing Blatter already," he added.

FA chairman Greg Dyke said the decision to stand down is "brilliant for world football", while UEFA president Michel Platini, now one of the possible contenders, also welcomed the announcement.

Platini said: "It was a difficult decision, a brave decision, and the right decision".

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