Berlin - adidas, the
German maker of sportswear and equipment and a top FIFA sponsor, declined to
join US companies in calling for Sepp Blatter's immediate resignation on Saturday
but urged reform of world football.
"As we have frequently stressed in
the past, fundamental changes in the interest of football must be made,"
the company said in a statement.
"That is why the reform process
that has begun must continue transparently and quickly."
German Justice Minister Heiko Maas,
however, said Blatter should go to clear the way for a new beginning in the
"Every day on which #Blatter is
still #FIFA president is a bad day for football," he wrote on Twitter.
In separate statements issued one week
after criminal proceedings were launched against the world football chief in
Switzerland, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Visa and Budweiser all called on the
79-year-old Blatter to step down.
It marked the first time that FIFA's
powerful financial backers - who together have pumped hundreds of millions of
dollars into the organisation through deals spanning decades - had called
explicitly for Blatter to resign.
In a statement issued by his US lawyer
in reaction to the sponsor demands, Blatter defiantly vowed to remain in