Head of FIFA audit, compliance body call on Blatter to step down

Head of FIFA audit, compliance body call on Blatter to step down
Brazilian fans, including one wearing a Homer Simpson mask and one with a mask of FIFA President Blatter cheer ahead of their team's first round Copa America 2015 football match against Peru at Estadio Municipal Bicentenario German Becker in Temuco.
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ZURICH - The independent chairman of FIFA's audit and compliance committee on Sunday weighed in on recent comments by the president of world football's governing body, Sepp Blatter, that had led to speculation about his future plans.

"I call on all concerned, including Mr. Blatter, to endorse in the interest of the reforms unequivocally the announced changing of the guard at the top of FIFA," audit and compliance chief Domenico Scala said in an emailed statement.

Blatter on June 2 said he would step down at an as-yet unscheduled special FIFA congress, but recent comments have fuelled speculation that his decision was less than final.

"The times of flirting with power are definitely gone," Scala said.

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