Major sponsors call on Blatter to quit FIFA
LONDON, Oct 3: The four major sponsors of the FIFA has called on it's president Sepp Blatter to resign as the corruption scandal digs deep in world football governing body.
Coca-Cola, VISA, Budweiser and McDonald's have separately issued statements calling on Blatter to quit. The move from the major sponsors came days after the Swiss authorities launched criminal proceedings on Blatter.
Coca-Cola said: "Every day that passes FIFA's image and reputation continues to tarnish". Blatter leaving the helm of the world governing body would be "in the best interest of the game."
Swiss prosecutors have accused Blatter that he signed a contract that was "unfavourable to FIFA" and made a "disloyal payment" to UEFA president Michel Platini. The 79-year old, however, has been denying any wrongdoing.
Blatter has strongly denied he would resign earlier than the February, 2016 elections which he had announced in May soon after he was re-elected for the fifth consecutive term as the president.
Blatter said resigning now "would not be in the best interest of Fifa, nor would it advance the process of reform" in a statement issued through his lawyers.