Questions galore over Blatter's sudden exit

Questions galore over Blatter's sudden exit
FIFA President Blatter pauses during a news conference at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich.

"Who got him? Who shot him? What happened between then and now?" asked the English Football Association's chairman, Greg Dyke, as he pondered the downfall of Sepp Blatter, who announced his resignation as Fifa president on Tuesday.

Others may have put the questions in a less colourful way, but they were still the main ones on everyone's lips.

As parts of the soccer world celebrated his departure, many could only ask how a man who on Friday was seen clasping his hands together and crying "Let's go Fifa!" after his re-election to the top job at the sport's governing body was now to be found surrendering quietly.

The contrasting image was now of the 79-year-old being ushered off stage towards a back-door exit after a short resignation speech in Zurich, suddenly looking very fragile.

After all, this was Blatter we were talking about, widely known as the most able sports mover and shaker of his time. A modern-day Houdini who had won many skirmishes with opponents was never expected to depart so quietly.

So what did happen? What got Blatter to recognise so suddenly his time was up? Was it because Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents have just too much information about dubious payments involving Fifa officials to easily shake off their questions?

Or was it just the understanding of a wise old politician who recognised that the squeeze being applied by everyone - from disgruntled sponsors to unhappy former soccer stars - would lead to suffocation of his hopes for Fifa sooner rather than later.

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