McDonald’s, Coca Cola, Visa, Budweiser and four major patrons all have demanded Sepp Blatter must stand down instantly as FIFA president.
In what seemed an activity that was orchestrated, the heavyweight quartet all issued statements saying Blatter should step down immediately following a week that has found criminal proceedings opened against him.
Blatter’s instant answer was to insist that he’s remaining in office but the pressure will be cranked up by the actions of such high profile patrons on the 79-year old to an extreme level.
“I believe it is a game-changer. It does not matter what Mr Blatter says – the people who pay for FIFA can get a change if they need a change.
“What’s significant is that it’s not just about Mr Blatter standing down – it is about making sure there’s a complete and successful reform programme. So for those among us who need fundamental change this is great news.”
“Every day that passes, the persona and standing of FIFA continues to tarnish. FIFA wants complete and pressing reform, which could only be achieved by way of a independent strategy.”
McDonald’s added: “The events of recent weeks have continued to decrease the standing of FIFA and public confidence in its direction.”
Visa said: “Given the events of the past week, it’s clear it will take the very best interests of FIFA as well as the sport for Sepp Blatter to step down instantly.”
Blatter is suspected of misappropriation or criminal mismanagement above a TV rights deal he signed with former Caribbean football leader Jack Warner.
The pair are understood to be by the ethics committee of FIFA.
The statement from Budweiser’s manufacturers AB InBev said Blatter’s ongoing existence was “an impediment in the reform process”.