Sepp Blatter replacement by an Indian origin?


Washington: Sunil Gulati, who is he? The Indo-American, who is currently serving a record third term as President of the US Soccer Federation, could be in the race to replace Sepp Blatter as the new FIFA chief.

Various US media outlets said Allahabad-born Gulati, 55, who has played a key role in the development of soccer in the United States in the past few decades, could be a potentially strong contender to replace Blatter, should the US have an interest in the position of FIFA chief.

“Gulati, 55, will be considered a candidate to replace Blatter should the American have interest in the position,” said by an American news agency.

Blatter was re-elected only four days ago bu resigned after a corruption scandal implicated some top FIFA officials. In a statement, Gulati welcomed the resignation of Blatter as president of FIFA, which has been rocked by a major corruption scandal, resulting in arrest of more than 10 top football officials both in the US and Zurich.

“I commend him for making a decision that puts FIFA and the sport we love above all other interests. This is the first of many steps towards real and meaningful reform within FIFA. Today is an occasion for optimism and belief for everyone who shares a passion for our game,” Gulati said in a statement.