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Christians in Sport welcomes Blatter's decision to go

by Desmond Busteed

FIFA is expected to have a new president within the next ten months after Mr Blatter surprisingly announced his intention to quit on Tuesday, amid a corruption scandal engulfing world football's governing body and just days after he had been re-elected for a fifth term.

"God is a good 'un and just God, so as Christians it's right that we should want to be seeing wrong actions being brought into light, but at the same time as we look for justice, we should be praying for Sepp Blatter that he would come to know the law for himself," said Elizabeth Hunt, Christians in Sport on Premier's News Hour.

Announcing his resignation on Tuesday, Sepp Blatter said it appeared the mandate he had been given in last Friday's Fifa vote "does not seem to be supported by everyone in the world of football".

Mr Blatter's daughter, Corinne Blatter-Andenmatten, has reportedly said her father's decision to resign "has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with the allegations going around".

The Fifa scandal erupted last week when US prosecutors indicted 14 FIFA officials.

The US justice department alleges the 14 accepted bribes and kickbacks estimated at more than $150m (£97m) over a 24-year period.

US officials also allege that South Africa paid a $10m bribe in exchange for support for its 2010 World Cup bid from former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner and several other members of the North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf).

Elizabeth Hunt, Christians in Sport speaking to Premier's Hannah Tooley on the News Hour:

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