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German league chief calls on FIFA boss Sepp Blatter to resign over scandal

FILE - In this March 30, 2012 file picture FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures during a press conference at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA President Sepp Blatter defended his role in a World Cup kickbacks scandal on Thursday July 12, 2012, after his former boss Joao Havelange was formally identified for taking millions of dollars in payments from marketing deals. FIFA published a Swiss prosecutor's report on Wednesday confirming that Havelange accepted kickbacks in the 1990s during Blatter's 17-year stint serving him as FIFA's top administrator. Asked if he knew that Havelange took kickbacks from disgraced marketing agency ISL, Blatter said "commission" payments were legal in Switzerland in the 1990s. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus,File)
July 14, 2012 - 3:02 PM

BERLIN - The head of Germany's football league has called on Sepp Blatter to resign over the FIFA bribery scandal.

Reinhard Rauball told Germany's Welt Online late Friday that Blatter should step down as soon as possible so that FIFA can make a fresh start.

Blatter has acknowledged he knew about payments by marketing agency ISL to former FIFA chief Joao Havelange but insisted they were legal in Switzerland in the 1990s.

Rauball also called for an extraordinary FIFA congress where the members of football's governing body should strip Havelange of his honorary presidency.

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