Sunday 18 February 2018

From Luis Figo to Richard Branson - Stars react to Sepp Blatter resignation

FIFA President Sepp Blatter announces Qatar as the host nation for the FIFA World Cup 2022
FIFA President Sepp Blatter announces Qatar as the host nation for the FIFA World Cup 2022

Blatter, who only won re-election last week, called time on his 17-year tenure this evening at a hastily arranged press conference in Zurich.

Here is how Twitter reacted to Blatter's announcement.

LUIS FIGO (former Portugal player and recent FIFA presidency candidate): Change is finally coming. Let's find a solution to start a new era of transparency and democracy in FIFA.

GARY LINEKER (former England striker): Blatter has resigned. Can't quite believe it. FIFA always appeared to be such a fine upstanding organisation. Missing Blatter already!

RUUD GULLIT (former Holland star): What kind of garbage is coming out for #blatter to step down as just elected president of FIFA?????

GRAEME LE SAUX (former England player): Time for radical reform. Chance to expose & hold those accountable for any wrongdoing. I'd start by looking at who voted for Blatter.

VINCENT KOMPANY (Manchester City captain): Blatter wasn't sole responsible, more have to follow. Transparency and voting reform, then we move on and bring back ethics.

MICHAEL VAN PRAAG (Holland's recent FIFA presidency candidate): I wanted change for the FIFA and this may be a very big step in the right direction. Let's truly accomplish

PIERS MORGAN (former newspaper editor): BOOOM! #BlatterOut. See, sporting campaigns DO work - however hard it seems. Blatter out, now let's get a batter in. #BringBackKP

MARTINA NAVRATILOVA (tennis great): Blatter steps down- good thing- the only way to clean up FIFA was with him doing that. A good start.Good luck, hope Platini gets it:)

JAMIE CARRAGHER (former Liverpool player, now a pundit): Got to get Sepp Blatter on MNF (Sky's Monday Night Football programme) next season!

RICHARD BRANSON (entrepreneur): Finally Blatter resigns - opportunity for FIFA to rebuild trust in the beautiful game.

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