Standing ovation for Sepp Blatter at FIFA headquarters

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Zurich, June 4: About 400 FIFA staff gave outgoing president Sepp Blatter a standing ovation after the 79-year-old Swiss announced he would resign, a media report said on Thursday.

Full text: Blatter on his resignation

A FIFA spokesman said Blatter was emotional when his staff applauded him for several minutes on Wednesday, a day after he announced his resignation, Xinhua news agency reported.

Sepp Blatter

The storm started to hit the world soccer body on May 27 when Swiss police arrested seven soccer officials from a Zurich hotel on the eve of FIFA's annual congress.

They were among 14 sports and marketing officials indicted by the US authorities on corruption charges. (Ex-FIFA official admits to accepting bribes)

Blatter, who won a fifth term in an election on May 29, surprised the world by announcing resignation four days later.

"While I have a mandate from the membership of FIFA, I do not feel that I have a mandate from the entire world of football - the fans, the players, the clubs, the people who live, breathe and love football," he told a press conference on June 2.

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