Figo hails Blatter's resignation

Luis Figo (File)
Luis Figo (File)

Lisbon - One-time FIFA presidency candidate Luis Figo hailed Sepp Blatter's decision on Tuesday to step down as head of world football's governing body, saying "change is finally coming" to the scandal-tainted organisation.

Figo withdrew from the race to succeed Blatter as FIFA president before Friday's vote that saw the Swiss veteran voted in for a fifth term.

But Blatter's shock announcement that he was stepping down amid a corruption scandal left Figo delighted.

"A good day for FIFA and for football," the former Portuguese international said on his facebook page.

"Change is finally coming. I said on Friday that the day would come sooner or later. Here it is!

"Now we should, responsibly and calmly, find a consensual solution worldwide in order to start a new era of dynamism, transparency and democracy in FIFA."

After withdrawing from the presidency race, 42-year-old Figo had thrown his support behind Jordan's Prince Ali bin al Hussein, who went on to lose to Blatter in Friday's election but who is said to be ready to stand again.

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