Football: Blatter gives up IOC seat

Blatter has said he will stand down as Fifa president on Feb 26, 2015 when an election for a new leader will be held.
Blatter has said he will stand down as Fifa president on Feb 26, 2015 when an election for a new leader will be held. PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Under pressure FIFA leader Sepp Blatter on Monday gave up his International Olympic Committee (IOC) seat because he will soon end his reign in charge of world football.

The 79-year-old Blatter, whose organisation is embroiled in a corruption scandal, was among a group of eight IOC members who should have sought re-election on Monday at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur.

The Swiss has said he will stand down as Fifa president on February 26 when an election for a new leader will be held.

IOC president Thomas Bach said that Blatter "does not deem it to be appropriate to stand for re-election for eight years knowing that after seven months his term would come to an end."

Bach thanked Blatter and other members leaving the IOC for their "great contribution" to the Olympic movement.

Blatter, who has been an IOC member since 1999, did not attend the Kuala Lumpur meeting.

The Fifa president was part of an IOC commission that decided on reforms of the Olympic organisation after it was hit by a bribery scandal over the Salt Lake City Winter Games in 2002.