- Despite calls on FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter to resign, there are no sign to show that he will.
- Major sponsors like Coca-Cola, Visa, Budweiser and McDonald’s are calling for the 79 year old to go immediately.
- The four each issued statements saying Blatter should quit after Swiss criminal proceedings were opened against him last week.
Coca-Cola took the first step, saying: “Every day that passes Fifa’s image and reputation continues to tarnish.”
McDonald’s said Blatter going would be “in the best interest of the game”.
- Blatter is accused by Swiss prosecutors of signing a contract that was “unfavourable to Fifa” and making a “disloyal payment” to Uefa president Michel Platini but denies any wrongdoing.
In a statement released through his lawyers on Friday, Blatter said resigning now “would not be in the best interest of Fifa, nor would it advance the process of reform”.
Budweiser’s parent company, AB InBev, said it considered Blatter “to be an obstacle in the reform process”, while Visa said it would be in “the best interests of Fifa and the sport” for the Swiss to resign immediately.