Scala urges Blatter not to stay

Blatter decided to stand down from the role earlier this month, just a handful of days after beating his sole rival Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan to win a fifth term at the top of world football’s governing body.

The 79-year-old is due to leave once his replacement has been selected, which is expected to happen at an emergency FIFA meeting in Zurich in December.

Scala, who is the chairman of FIFA’s audit and ethics committee, was reacting to an article in Swiss newspaper Schweiz am Sonntag which suggested Blatter is no longer committed to his resignation.

According to their unnamed sources, the 79-year-old has received messages of support from African and Asian football associations which asked him to reconsider.

The newspaper also hinted that Blatter’s interest in staying on was one of the reasons for Walter de Gregorio’s departure as FIFA’s director of communications.

But Scala made a brief statement on Sunday, which read:??”For me, the reforms are the central topic.

“That is why I think it is clearly indispensable to follow through??with the initiated process of president’s change as it has been announced.”