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White House says FIFA will benefit from new leadership

FIFA staff gave Sepp Blatter a standing ovation even as his resignation failed to quell a corruption storm that could yet touch world football's fallen leaderThe White House on Wednesday gave a cautious endorsement of Sepp Blatter’s resignation as head of world football governing body FIFA, saying it offered a chance to clean up the organization. “This is an organization that is responsible for managing the affairs of a sport that is closely followed by literally billions of people across the globe,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. While football — or soccer — has a limited following in the United States, the country’s Department of Justice has led the criminal investigation that prompted Blatter’s departure from FIFA.

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