Key dates in Blatter’s career

first_imgA look at some of the key dates in the career of FIFA President Sepp Blatter:1936 – Born in Visp, Switzerland.1948-1971 – Player in Swiss amateur league.1956 – Becomes member of Swiss Association of Sportswriters.1959-1964 – Public relations official for tourism in the canton of Valais.1964-1966 – Secretary general, Swiss Ice Hockey Federation.1968-1975 – Director at watch company Longines S.A.1975-1981 – FIFA technical director.1981-1998 – FIFA general secretary.1998 – Elected FIFA president.2002 – Blatter accused of financial mismanagement by FIFA executive committee members. Criminal complaint filed against Blatter with Swiss prosecutors comes to nothing after Blatter is re-elected by beating Issa Hayatou of Cameroon in a vote.2007 – Re-elected unopposed.2011 – Re-elected unopposed after challenger Mohamed bin Hammam, a former ally, withdrew before being suspended by FIFA over bribery allegations.May 29, 2015 – Re-elected for fifth term by beating Prince Ali bin al-Hussein after reneging on pledge not to stand again.June 2 – Announces resignation plans as pressure mounts over escalating criminal investigations.July 20 – Exit date set for February 26 when the presidential election is due to be held.July 24 – Uses in-house FIFA magazine to say the governing body will support US and Swiss investigations “no matter how close to home those investigations get.”July 25 – Interrogated by Swiss federal police over alleged criminal use of FIFA money as office is searched and data is seized.last_img

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