Kuala Lumpur - FIFA President Sepp Blatter
was relieved of his International Olympic Committee ex officio membership on
Monday, seven months before he will be replaced as the head of soccer's
governing body, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Monday.
Blatter would ordinarily have been
re-elected for another eight-year term as a procedural matter at the ongoing
IOC Session in Malaysia, along with more than a dozen other members, but would
be required to stand down when he left FIFA at the end of February.
The 79-year-old Swiss was re-elected for a
fifth term as FIFA president in Zurich on May 29 but announced he would lay
down his mandate just four days later in the wake of the worst crisis in the
soccer authority's history.
FIFA was thrown into turmoil two days ahead
of its presidential election when more than a dozen officials and sports
marketing executives were indicted by the United States on bribery, money
laundering and wire fraud charges.
Although Blatter has not been accused of
any wrongdoing, his stewardship has been heavily criticised and his troubled reign,
which began in 1998, will come to an end when he is replaced by the winner of
FIFA's next presidential election on February 26.
The Swiss has been an ex officio IOC member
"Mr Blatter wrote me a letter on July
23 informing me that it would be inappropriate to seek another eight-year term
as he was retiring from his position at FIFA in seven months when a new
president will be selected on February 26," Bach said.