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Summary

  1. Sepp Blatter to quit as Fifa president
  2. Arsenal's Jack Wilshere charged with misconduct
  3. BBC investigation: 30 years of doping in athletics
  4. What would you do if you were Fifa president? #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Caroline Chapman

All times stated are UK

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  1. The end

    Sepp Blatter

    Just like Sepp Blatter, it's time for us to go.

    We'll be back on Thursday with the latest news and live action from the world of sport.

    Goodnight.

  2. Godleman's marathon innings saves Derbyshire

    Cricket

    Billy Godleman batted through the entire Derbyshire second innings to ensure his side drew their rain-ruined match with Gloucestershire.

    With the third day completely washed out, each side made a quick declaration on the final morning, to set the hosts 302 to win from a minimum of 80 overs.

    And Godleman (64*) saved his side by batting for 320 minutes to lead them to 189-8 and deny the visitors victory.

    Derbyshire earlier declared on their overnight 77-2, and the visitors made 49-0.

  3. French Open latest

    Tennis

    Andy Murray

    Novak Djokovic is already through to the French Open semi-finals. Can Britain's Andy Murray join him?

    Murray has the advantage against David Ferrer, but the Spaniard has just taken the third set to make it 2-1.

    Join our live text commentary via this link or listen on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.

  4. Warburton holds Rangers talks

    Football

    Former Brentford boss Mark Warburton has confirmed that he has held talks about the manager's job at Rangers, but that the Scottish Championship side is one of a number of clubs he has spoken to.

    "We've had an informal meeting," the 52-year-old told BBC Scotland. "It's important to see if there's a chemistry, the parties get on and your football philosophies are aligned."

  5. Line-up for British Cycling Championships

    Cycling

    Laura Trott

    Mark Cavendish, Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh, Alex Dowsett, Lizzie Armitstead, Laura Trott and Dame Sarah Storey are all set compete at the British Cycling National Road Championships in Lincolnshire later this month.

    The men's and women's time trials take place on Thursday 25 June, before the road races on Sunday 28 June.

    Team Sky's Kennaugh is the defending champion in the men's road race, while Trott won the women's event in 2014.

  6. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Alberto Salazar

    One of the world's best known athletics coaches is at the centre of doping allegations, according to a BBC investigation.

    Alberto Salazar has been accused of violating anti-doping rules, including claims he was involved in doping US record holder Galen Rupp, in 2002.

    Rupp and GB Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah are part of Salazar's US stable, the Nike Oregon Project. There is no suggestion Farah has broken any rules.

    Salazar and Rupp deny any wrongdoing.

    Catch Me If You Can will be shown on BBC1 at 21:00 BST on Wednesday, and afterwards on the BBC iPlayer.

  7. Can the World Cup be moved?

    Football

    World Cup

    The future of the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar are now in some doubt after Swiss authorities began investigations into how votes were given to each country during the bidding process.

    But can the competition be moved? BBC Newsbeat investigates.

  8. Tebbut apologises for women 'can't ride' jibe

    Horse Racing

    A jockeys' coach has apologised after a BBC interview in which he said women "can't ride".

    The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) said Michael Tebbutt's remarks, to jockey Katie Walsh, were unacceptable.

    Walsh believed the comments were tongue in cheek but fellow rider Lizzie Kelly said Tebbutt should be "ashamed".

    Tebbutt said: "I apologise if I have caused any offence, to anyone in Britain or across the world. That was never my intention."

  9. 'Blatter is married to Fifa'

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Jim Boyce & Sepp Blatter

    You can always relay on Northern Irish football official Jim Boyce for a colourful comment, and the outgoing Fifa vice president has not let us down with his reflections on Sepp Blatter.

    "He is 100% married to Fifa," Boyce said. "People at FIFA tell me that he's in on a Saturday morning and on a Sunday afternoon - it's his life, he has nothing else really and quite honestly I think it was something that he did not want to let go of."

  10. Wiggins feels 'obliged' to attempt record

    Track Cycling

    Sir Bradley Wiggins

    Sir Bradley Wiggins tells BBC Sport that he feels "obliged" to attempt the hour record this Sunday.

    The 2012 Tour de France winner hopes to follow in the footsteps of several cycling legends who have attempted the record, including Eddy Merckx and Francesco Moser.

  11. Getting to know Sepp

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    If you're on your way home from work, why not pass the time with our Sepp Blatter quiz.

    Please note: May contain mentions of tight shorts and luxury watches.

    Sepp Blatter
  12. Latest Fifa fall-out

    Football

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    "A source close to the Qatar 2022 World Cup has told the BBC that American law enforcement officials have not been in contact and there have been no requests for information."

    Reuters are currently reporting that the FBI investigation does include scrutiny of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup processes. We'll bring you the latest developments when we get them.

  13. Ex-England keeper back at Kidderminster

    Football

    Tim Flowers
    Image caption: Flowers has been on the backroom staff of a succession of clubs since his playing career finished in 2003

    Kidderminster Harriers have brought back former England goalkeeper Tim Flowers to their coaching staff.

    Flowers, 48, will become part of the backroom team at Aggborough for a third time, having initially been brought in as goalkeeping coach by then Harriers manager Steve Burr in February 2010.

  14. Post update

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "Djokovic beats Nadal 7-5 6-3 6-1.

    "Nadal's reign ends with a double fault and sympathetic applause. Incredible in its own way."

  15. Djokovic dethrones King of Clay

    Tennis

    Novak Djokovic has joined Robin Soderling in an elite group.....

    Novak Djokovic

    The Serb has become only the second man to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open.

    The world number one has breezed into the semi-finals with a three-set victory against the nine-time champion.

    You can see all the reaction here on our live text commentary and on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.

  16. World reaction

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Eyewitness News

    This splendid cartoon from South Africa's Eyewitness News captures the events of the past 24 hours beautifully. And there's more where that came from...

  17. #BBCSportsday

    Get Involved

    Some hypothetical musings for Wednesday.

    If I were made Fifa president, I would....

    Richard Mcgill: I would make it a rule that you can only have one term as president.

    Adrian Rollins: I'd ensure that every town has football academies, paving way for homegrown talent.

    Vincenzo Re: I would end war and hunger all over the world, and everyone would be very happy.

    Get involved with your own views on #BBCSportsday or on BBC Sport's Facebook page.

  18. Leicester begin squad building

    Rugby Union

    Greg Bateman (left) and Jono Kitto
    Image caption: Greg Bateman (left) played twice in the Premiership for Exeter while Jono Kitto has played for Bay of Plenty

    Leicester have signed Exeter hooker Greg Bateman and former New Zealand Under-20s scrum-half Jono Kitto.

    Bateman, 26, has spent two years at Exeter having joined the club in the summer of 2013 from London Welsh.

    Kitto, 23, moves to Welford Road having been part of Super Rugby's Chiefs' development squad this year.

  19. Blatter looking to escape

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Sepp Blatter

    "Let me out, let me out!!"

    Sepp Blatter endured the Honduras v Ecuador match at the 2014 World Cup.

    We've been showing you the best Blatter pictures from over the years on Sportsday today. There's still more to come....

  20. Women's Sport Week on the BBC

    Football

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Jacqui Oatley

    Women's Sport Week is in full flow and at 21:30 BST on BBC Radio 5 Live you can hear a panel discussion about how to get more females working in the football industry.

    BBC commentator and presenter Jacqui Oatley is chairing the debate at the National Football Museum in Manchester.

  21. Rutherford fit for Birmingham?

    Athletics

    Greg Rutherford

    Olympic and European champion Greg Rutherford looks like he will be competing at this weekend's Diamond League event in Birmingham after injury.

  22. 'Authorities don't bother me'

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    You would think those in the upper echelons of Fifa would be a little twitchy right now. Not Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Issa Hayatou.

    Issa Hayatou and Sepp Blatter
    Image caption: Issa Hayatou is a close ally of outgoing Fifa boss Sepp Blatter

    Upon his return to Cameroon after the Fifa congress, the 68-year-old said he was not "bothered" by the authorities in Switzerland and that those accused of corruption at the football governing body had been framed.

    "Whatever the case, I am not surprised. For 20 years now I have been accused, especially by the Cameroonian and English press. They are the two media organisations that say things about me. But that is nothing. It is just the way life is," he said.

  23. French Open latest

    Tennis

    Andy Murray

    Not that we're encouraging you to leave us here on Sportsday, but if you're into your tennis you can follow all the live action from the French Open here.

    As it stands, Andy Murray is one set up against David Ferrer in their quarter-final, while Novak Djokovic leads Rafael Nadal 7-5 and is about to serve for the second set.

  24. Catch Me If You Can

    Athletics

    BBC One

    Since the explosion of steroid use in the 1970s, drug testing regimes have struggled to catch the cheats.

    Panorama reporter Mark Daly investigates serious allegations of doping in athletics, spanning more than 30 years and involving some of the biggest stars in the sport. And, in order to truly understand the world he's entering, Daly becomes a doper himself.

    The programme will be broadcast on BBC One on Wednesday at 21:00 BST.

  25. Who can save Fifa?

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    With the much-mentioned Sepp Blatter on his way out, who can rescue Fifa?

    Can we look to a former general secretary with a bubbly name? Or a member of Jordan's royal family? Or a former Newcastle striker and hair shampoo promoter?

    BBC Sport has profiled who is in the running to take over. Click here to read more.

    David Ginola
  26. Blatter does a Redknapp

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Sepp Blatter

    "Harry who? Who is this Redknapp man you talk about?"

    Sepp Blatter was chauffeured by Prince Ali on a visit to Jordan in 2013.

    Throughout the day, we'll be showing you the best Blatter pictures from over the years.

  27. Moyes se queda

    Football

    David Moyes

    Real Sociedad have denied speculation that David Moyes is returning to England this summer.

    President Jokin Aperribay told the club's official website: "He (Moyes) has never suggested the possibility to go back to England."

    Moyes guided the club to 12th place after taking over in November, when the club were hovering above the drop zone.

    The 52-year-old former Manchester United manager has been linked with West Ham and Sunderland this summer.

  28. On this day

    Football

    A collective groan went up when we mentioned this one in the office but, believe it or not, it is 18 years to the day since Roberto Carlos scored his remarkable deviating free-kick against France at Le Tournoi.

    The Brazilian has spent most the intervening years trying, without much success, to replicate it...

    Roberto Carlos
  29. #BBCSportsday

    Get Involved

    If I was Fifa president, I would....

    Oluwasola Oloruntobi: I would invite Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger as President and vice respectively.

    Welloyod Evans: I'd pretty much add in rugby rules; sin bin for yellow cards, video referees and play continuing for injuries with physios on.

    Allison Beaumont: I would ensure women's football was equally promoted and rewarded.

    Let us know your thoughts on Twitter via the hashtag #BBCSportsday and on BBC Sport's Facebook page.

  30. Zico to stand for presidency

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Zico

    Brazil legend Zico has confirmed to BBC Brasil that he plans to stand as a candidate in the Fifa presidential election.

    "My candidacy will be a reaction to everything that we have seen. I believe that now the race is open to everybody. Everybody knows me, the way I work - I'm a guy not only known for my work in Brazil"

    Zico scored 48 goals in 71 appearances for his country. He coached Japan in the 2006 World Cup and has also managed Fenerbahce (Turkey), CSKA Moscow (Russia) and Olympiacos (Greece).

  31. French Open latest

    Tennis

    Novak Djokovic

    It's first blood to world number one Novak Djokovic.

    The Serb has taken the first set 7-5 against nine-time winner Rafael Nadal.

    You can follow all the action from the quarter-finals on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and on BBC Sport's live text commentary.

  32. Middlesex in with slim victory chance

    Cricket

    BBC London 94.9's Kevin Hand at Lord's:

    Warwickshire 342 & 187, Middlesex 260 & 44-0

    "Middlesex are in with a fighting chance of victory on the final evening at Lord's as they reached tea on 44-0 with a target of 270.

    "Warwickshire were skittled for 187 in their second innings, including losing five wickets for 25 runs, which opened up the match for both teams.

    "There are still 39 overs remaining in the game and the hosts will surely launch an onslaught this evening to turn the match on its head."

  33. Hampshire fight to save draw

    Cricket

    BBC Radio Solent's Kevan James at the Ageas Bowl:

    Hampshire 222 & 170-5, Worcestershire 403-5 (dec)

    "Adam Wheater [52 off 98 balls] curbed his natural attacking instinct to help put on 68 for the fifth wicket with Will Smith before he was bowled not playing a shot from an off cutter from seamer Joe Leach.

    "Hampshire lost just one wicket in that afternoon session as they seek to come out of the game with a draw."

  34. "Why always me?"

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    mario balotelli

    Sepp, meet Mario. Mario, meet Sepp.

    Two footballing figures shake hands after the 2012 European Championship final to discuss how they could increase their popularity around the world.

    Throughout the day, we'll be showing you the best Blatter pictures from over the years.

  35. The moment Leicestershire won

    Cricket

    Leicestershire cricket

    Imagine watching your team win a league match for the first time in three years.

    Choked-up commentator Richard Rae describes that moment for BBC Radio Leicester, as Leicestershire beat Essex in division two of the County Championship.

    You can listen to his commentary here and read more about the game in BBC Sport's report from Chelmsford. Tissues at the ready.

  36. Derby close in on Villa's Weimann

    Football

    Andreas Weimann

    Derby County are closing in on a deal to sign out-of-favour Aston Villa forward Andreas Weimann, BBC Radio Derby reports.

    Weimann, 23, played 35 games last term and still has a year remaining on his Villa deal.

    But the Austrian was not a first choice for manager Tim Sherwood and only made two appearances after playing against Swansea on 21 March.

    The Rams are also understood to be keen on out-of-contract Reading defender Alex Pearce.

  37. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Dave: I would ensure every world cup is held in a country that meets an approved set of basic human rights.

    Alex Isaacs: If I was Fifa president I would encourage all clubs to go public. Cap player wages and encourage charitable donations.

    Philosophers Africa: If I was Fifa president, I would ban USA for 2 World Cups (2018 and 2022) for bringing the game into disrepute.

    We are asking: If I was Fifa president, I would...

    Let us know via #bbcsportsday, text 81111 (UK users only) or post on BBC Sport Facebook. And keep them clean...

  38. Demotion 'saved' Doncaster Belles

    Football

    Doncaster Belles

    Doncaster Belles commercial director Carl Lygo says the Football Association's decision to drop them from the top flight of Women's Super League in 2013 stopped the club from folding.

    The Belles were demoted to the second tier after 22 years in the top division following their tender process.

    Despite being angry about the decision at the time, Lygo has told BBC Sport that it actually helped keep them in business.

  39. Fergie time?

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Sr Alex Ferguson

    Having been in power for 18 years, some thought Sepp Blatter was deep into 'Fergie Time'.

    The former Manchester United boss won Fifa coach of the year award in 2012.

    Throughout the day, we'll be showing you the best Blatter pictures from over the years.

  40. Good start from Murray

    Tennis

    Brit Andy Murray is currently in quarter-final action in the French Open against David Ferrer. He has just broken the Spaniard to take the first game.

    Click here to follow live text of that match

  41. Made in Africa

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Sepp Blatter

    "Fifa's historical Eurocentrism has been swept away - and Mr Blatter has been the driving force."

    This piece by our BBC Africa colleagues may pre-date Sepp Blatter's resignation announcement but it offers an intriguing alternative narrative to the Swiss' tenure as Fifa president. It might just soften your stance, too...

  42. Blatter, Shakira and Pele

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Shakira

    "Psst, Pele..Pele! Gerard Pique is over there and he's looking at you...!"

    Colombian singer Shakira sang the official song for the 2010 World Cup in Africa and attended the 2011 Ballon D'Or ceremony in Zurich.

  43. A new era for football?

    Football

    Fifa

    Can FIFA be trusted to reform itself? Who should the next FIFA President be? How does football root out corruption not just at FIFA HQ but at the level of individual countries around the world?

    Should Russia and Qatar still host the World Cups in 2018 and 2022?

    And of course, we'll continue to talk about why Sepp Blatter chose to resign now and the growing fraud investigations.

    World Have Your Say will be live from BBC Sport in Salford as we hear a global conversation about world football in the post-Blatter era.

    Click here to listen to the programme

  44. Does Rafa want Raheem?

    Football

    Rafael Benitez has been in the Real Madrid job two hours and already he's being asked about potential summer signings.

    And he's admitted he "admires" Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling.

    Raheem Sterling

    When asked about the 20-year-old England international, former Reds boss Benitez said: "We admire Raheem, that's no secret - but he is not one of our players so I can't really comment on him."

    Sterling, who rejected a new £100,000-a-week contract in April, wants to leave Anfield and has also been linked with a move to Manchester City.

  45. #BBCSportsday

    Get Involved

    We are asking: If I was Fifa president, I would...

    MrPaulSkinback: If I was in charge of Fifa I'd make Uefa give England six Champions League places. We (Spurs) might have a chance then.

    Michael Keaveney: If I were in charge of Fifa I would ensure the voting system wasn't based on the Eurovision Song Contest!

    Dee Kelly: If I was FIFA president I would scrap that an injured player who needs treatment has to leave the field, how is it fair?!

    Give us your suggestions via #bbcsportsday, text 81111 (UK users only) or post on BBC Sport's Facebook page.

  46. How much money does Fifa have?

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Fifa re-invests the majority of its revenue but it does hold on to a proportion of any profit to create a cash reserve - the reason, they claim, is that it is extremely difficult to find insurance to cover the possible last-minute cancellation of a World Cup.

    Bar chart showing how Fifa's cash reserves have grown from $350m in 2005 to $1.5bn in 2014

    The value of this reserve has grown sharply in the last decade from $350m (£228.6m) in 2005 to more than $1.5bn (£1bn) in 2014.

    The US indictment alleges over $150m (£97m) in corruption during a period of over 20 years. That currently equates to around 10% of the money Fifa has on hand for emergencies.

  47. Blatter and a big bird

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Suri

    "I'm not going to look, I'm not going to look."

    Sepp Blatter came across mascot Suri at the 2011 Copa America tournament.

    Throughout Wednesday's Sportsday, we're looking back through Blatter's 17-year Fifa reign in pictures.

  48. Farbrace on England team selection

    Cricket

    Paul Farbrace and the England squad

    Interim England coach Paul Farbrace has spoken to BBC Radio 5 Live about his selections for the forthcoming one-day series against New Zealand.

    "We think we've picked a team that can really take one-day cricket forward and will really give these guys a good series against one of the best teams in the world.

    "There's no better way to test yourself than against the best."

    You can see the full squad list here.

  49. Rafael Nadal v Novak Djokovic

    French Open

    Nadal v Djokovic

    Stuart Fraser of Mail Online tweets from Roland Garros: "Let battle commence."

  50. Kelly takes Leeds role

    Football

    Rob Kelly

    Leeds United have appointed Rob Kelly as their assistant head coach.

    Kelly, who left West Brom in January, will work alongside new Leeds boss Uwe Rosler at the Championship club.

    "I felt it would be very good to have such an experienced coach like Rob next to me," Rosler said.

  51. Long lost brothers?

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Sepp Blatter

    "You...you remind me of someone?"

    Sepp Blatter met Conmebol president Nicolas Loez in Paraguay in 2011.

  52. 'Refrain from sexual activity'

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Sepp Blatter

    Sepp Blatter's high-profile position means he will have had to do a lot of public speaking. Of course, sometimes he said stuff he shouldn't have.

    Asked in December 2010 if he foresaw any problems for gay fans travelling to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal, he replied: "I'd say they should refrain from any sexual activities."

    To read a full catalogue of Blatter gaffes, click here

  53. Blatter meets an England legend

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Geoff Hurst

    "Here comes Hurst...they think it's all over, it is now."

    Blatter met England's 1966 World Cup hero Geoff Hurst at a visit to Azerbaijan in 2011.

  54. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    We are asking: If I was Fifa president, I would...

    Let us know via #bbcsportsday, text 81111 (UK users only) or post on BBC Sport's Facebook page. And keep them clean...

    Timothy Baker: If I was FIFA president I would expand the club World Cup and decrease the number of European teams in the WC.

    Robert McKie: If i was Fifa president, I would reinstate Blatter. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

    Will Mason: I'd ban throw-ins. They're not very good anymore, are they?

    Does anyone remember a really good throw-in!?

  55. Question of Sport answer

    Cricket

    Today's Question of Sport Teaser was: which seven men made their Test debuts for the England cricket team in 2014?

    The answers are: Moeen Ali, Gary Ballance, Scott Borthwick, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Boyd Rankin and Sam Robson

  56. 'So many people could do more'

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Ian Khama

    Maybe not all of Africa is sad to see Sepp Blatter go...

    Botswana's president Ian Khama told the BBC: "It was so painful and such a pity that he decided to stand as Fifa president after a period that he'd been presiding over so much corruption. There are so many people out there who could be FIFA presidents, who could do as much or even more for the continent in terms of development."

  57. Blatter meets Cameron

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Sepp Blatter

    "I've got a good one guys, I've got a good one...

    "I'm going to give your country the chance to host a World Cup."

    Sepp Blatter met Prime Minister David Cameron in 2010.

  58. Williams into last four

    French Open

    Top seed Serena Williams has eased into the semi-finals of the French Open with a 6-1 6-3 win over number 17 seed Sara Errani.

    That means we're just minutes away from Rafael Nadal's quarter-final epic with Novak Djokovic. Jonathan Jurejko is poised to guide you through that titanic tussle, and Andy Murray's last-eight meeting with David Ferrer.

  59. How is Fifa funded?

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    The World Cup is the most lucrative sporting event in the world, eclipsing even the Olympics. The 2014 qualifying rounds and final tournament brought in $4.8bn (£3.1bn) over four years and, after costs are taken into account, Fifa made a profit of more than $2bn.

    For more of the facts and figures, take a look at this fascinating piece.

    How Fifa makes and spends its money
  60. Leicestershire end 993-day wait for win

    Cricket

    BBC Radio Leicester commentator Richard Rae watching Leicestershire beat Essex - their first Championship win in three years:

    "It might just be a second division county game, of not great consequence to most, but it's of huge consequence to those who cared, and when the Foxes lost four wickets while adding just 30 runs, the tension was almost unbearable.

    "It was heart-warming to see a Leicester-born player take them over the line in Lewis Hill, though the contributions of Angus Robson and new signing Andrea Agathangelou did help.

    "It was, said "Aggers", the best feeling he'd ever had on the field."

  61. Inside the Fifa village

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    Imogen Foulkes

    BBC News, Geneva

    I bumped into Fifa director Walter de Gregorio at the cafe next to Fifa HQ. He indicated the whole of Fifa management are "working" today and over the coming days. He said key was reform of the executive committee.

    He said it was "no use" for the president to say he was unable to monitor people (executive committee members) all the time. Therefore the committee had to be changed. He mentioned again the need for "integrity checks" on committee members.

  62. Ruling the world

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Sergio Aguero

    "I'll tell you a few things about making it in football, son."

    Sepp Blatter presented Sergio Aguero with the Golden Ball trophy at the Under-20 World Cup in 2007.

    Throughout the day, we'll be showing you the best Blatter pictures from over the years.

  63. Get involved

    #BBCSportsday

    We're asking you to finish this sentence: If I were in charge of Fifa I would.....

    Get involved on Twitter via the hashtag #BBCSportsday and on BBC Sport's Facebook page.

    Stephen Brogarth: If I was in charge of Fifa I would beg Arsene Wenger to run for president. Then let him run things.

    LukeR82: I would make sure the World Cup never left the home of football. We would look forward to England 2018, 2022, 2026 etc.

    Ross Quinn: If I was Fifa president I would punish diving, give three TV challenges, make refs declare allegiance and justify decisions post game.

    Is that all, Ross?

  64. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Jack Wilshere

    Arsenal's Jack Wilshere has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following an incident on the club's FA Cup bus tour.

    An FA statement read: "It is alleged his conduct in making and/or inciting certain comments during the trophy tour was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute."

    The midfielder has until 18:00 BST on 10 June to respond to the charge.

    Arsenal decided not to take any action against Wilshere but the club did remind him of his responsibilities.

  65. NBA finals

    Basketball

    LeBron James

    Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors go head-to-head on Wednesday in the first match of the NBA finals.

    The Warriors last won a title for the city of Oakland in 1975, while the city of Cleveland has not celebrated a championship since the 1964 when the Cleveland Browns won the NFL.

    Star players LeBron James and Stephen Curry will be hoping to lead their teams to victory.

  66. Bollywood Blatter

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Sepp Blatter

    Sepp Blatter visited India in 2007. What do you think might fall out when he pulls that off his head?

    Throughout the day, we'll be showing you the best Blatter pictures from over the years.

  67. Tears from Blatter

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    Sepp Blatter

    "Sepp Blatter received a 10 minute standing ovation from approximately 400 staff when he spoke to them this morning.

    "The Fifa president was said to be close to tears by the applause.

    "He told the Fifa staff assembled in the main auditorium that they were a "fantastic team" and they should "stay strong". He also emphasised the reform work that he will now seek to undertake."

  68. French open: Williams v Errani

    Tennis

    Serena Williams

    Serena Williams needed only 46 minutes to get past Italy's Sara Errani the last time they faced each other in 2013.

    And two-time champion Williams is on course for another quick win in the quarter-finals of the French Open in Paris.

    She's taken the first set 6-1 in 27 minutes against the 17th seed.

  69. Glamorgan set target of 55

    Glamorgan 371, Northamptonshire 157 & 259

    BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb at Cardiff:

    "Glamorgan need just 56 to win at the Swalec Stadium after working their way through the Northants lower order, despite resistance from the last pair of Mohammed Azharullah and Maurice Chambers to delay the lunch interval.

    "Andrew Salter with three wickets was the most successful bowler as Glamorgan look for a second consecutive championship win for the first time since May 2011."

  70. Warwickshire collapse gives Middlesex hope

    Warwickshire 342 & 144-7, Middlesex 260

    Toby Roland-Jones

    BBC London 94.9's Kevin Hand at Lord's:

    "The game has sprung into life on the final day as a collapse of five wickets for 25 runs has seen Warwickshire reduced to 144-7, leading by 226 at lunch.

    "Toby Roland-Jones and James Harris have three wickets a piece with the latter now the leading wicket taker in the county with 35 scalps to his name this season."

  71. Nottinghamshire two wickets away from victory

    Nottinghamshire 255 & 243, Sussex 189 & 123-8

    BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle at Trent Bridge:

    "Nottinghamshire would appear to be on course for their first County Championship win of the season

    "Having been set 310 to win, Sussex were blown away by accurate bowling and some injudicious shot selection.

    "Nottinghamshire's second innings lasted only a further 15 minutes at the start of the day, with three wickets going down in only 20 deliveries, for the addition of just 15 runs."

  72. Worcs close in on victory at Hants

    Hampshire 222 & 83-4, Worcestershire 403-5 (dec)

    Michael Carberry

    BBC Radio Solent's Kevan James at the Ageas Bowl:

    "Hampshire needing to bat most or all of today to earn a draw, lost Liam Dawson and Michael Carberry inside the first 50 minutes.

    "Jimmy Adams (47) and James Vince steadied the nerves somewhat until five minutes before the break when both fell lbw."

  73. Declaration sets up tense final day at Derby

    Gloucestershire 329 & 49-0, Derbyshire 77-2 (dec) & 50-3

    BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Bob Hunt at Derby:

    "There's an exciting end to a truncated match at Derby - the home side declared on their overnight score, then allowed Gloucestershire to make 49 without loss.

    "That meant that Derbyshire needed 302 for victory and the visitors made a great start before falling to 50-3."

  74. World reaction

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Sepp Blatter

    BBC Monitoring have put together the following on Sepp Blatter's announcement on Tuesday:

    • For many Russians, the main question is whether their country will be stripped of the right to host the World Cup in 2018. "Russia need not worry," NTV television reassured its viewers. "What would be the point of taking the World Cup championships away from a country with just three years to go?" an expert told NTV.
    • Qatar's Al-Jazeera satellite TV ignored the story completely in its main Wednesday morning bulletin, even though the story received ample airtime on the channel's English-language service.
    • News of Mr Blatter's resignation is news throughout the Middle East.

    In Jordan, Al-Ra'y newspaper naturally backs Jordanian Prince Ali's bid for the Fifa presidency. "He is the most eligible candidate for taking the lead on the path to reform," the paper says.

  75. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Right, we've asked for your take on Sepp Blatter's announcement that he will resign. But what now? We're throwing it over to you to complete the following sentence:

    If I was Fifa president, I would...

    Let us know via #bbcsportsday, text 81111 (UK users only) or post on BBC Sport Facebook. And keep them clean...

  76. Post update

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    Fifa HQ

    Business as usual... Coca Cola truck rolls into Fifa HQ.

    Coca-Cola, one of Fifa's key sponsors, described Sepp Blatter's resignation as "a positive step", but added that it expected the governing body to "act with urgency" and "win back the trust of all who love the sport of football".

  77. African rift

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    A couple of contrasting views on Sepp Blatter from Africa...

    Amaju Pinnick

    Amaju Pinnick, president of the Nigeria Football Federation: "Blatter feels Africa, he sees Africa and he has imparted so much. What Blatter pushes is equity, fairness and equality among the nations. We don't want to experiment."

    Simataa Simataa, former president of the Zambian FA: "It is about more than just projects, it is about constitutions, about rules, about ethics - and all those I've mentioned have declined under the leadership of Sepp Blatter."

  78. The place to be

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Kieran Fox

    BBC News in Zurich

    Fifa Zurich

    The BBC was the only British broadcaster outside Fifa headquarters last night when Sepp Blatter announced his resignation. Today the world's media has descended on this leafy hillside spot in Zurich.

  79. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Lewis Sibanda: OK, I get it... Blatter had to go... yes. but taking the world cup from Russia and Qatar? All this is Political. England should step aside and allow other countries to host too.

    Gerald Alfred: Sepp was democratically elected, meaning that people from Africa and Asia supported him fully in appreciation of his leadership. Allegations that the selection of South Africa, Russia and Qatar to host World Cup were corrupt are just mere allegation and baseless.

    Sheku Jalloh: Sepp Blatter u are my hero, your resignation was shocking news to me. You are still highly loved by conscious football fans around the globe.

    Let us know via #bbcsportsday, text 81111 (UK users only) or post on BBC Sport Facebook.

  80. Burnley hopeful Dyche will stay

    Football

    Sean Dyche

    Burnley hope to still have manager Sean Dyche in charge at the start of next season, says new sporting director Frank McParland.

    Dyche has been linked with the vacant post at Sunderland after Burnley's relegation to the Championship.

    "I'm not surprised [by the rumours]," McParland told BBC Radio Lancashire.

    "I know he's very happy here, he was a big part of me coming here and I'm really hopeful we'll both start off the season here."

  81. Benitez needs to get priorities right

    Football

    Rafa Benitez

    Some lunchtime reading for you. Newly appointed Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez must get his priorities right if he is to win over the fans and the dressing room at the Bernabeu, says Spanish writer Andy West.

    Click here to read the full piece here

  82. Blatter likes hugs

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Sepp Blatter
    Sepp Blatter
    Sepp Blatter

    Throughout the day, we'll be showing you the best Blatter pictures from over the years.

  83. Leics win for first time since 2012

    Cricket

    Sepp Blatter resigns and now Leicestershire have won a cricket match. The sporting world is going crazy.

    The Foxes have completed a six-wicket victory over Essex to record their first County Championship Division Two win since September 2012.

    Angus Robson struck 71 and Andreas Agathangelou an unbeaten 42 as they reached their target of 163 on day four.

    Leicestershire had been on a 37-game winless run in the County Championship, with their last victory coming 993 days ago.

  84. Wednesday's headlines

    If you're just joining us, where have you been? Never mind, here's a recap of Wednesday's main headlines:

  85. Super League clubs vote for marquee player

    Rugby League

    Could Sonny Bill Williams play in Super League one day? Clubs have voted to introduce a marquee player rule for 2016.

    The controversial proposal, which had been rejected three times in the last two years, was finally given the go-ahead.

    SBW

    The move, which will enable the wealthier clubs to sign a high-profile player whose salary will be at least partially exempt from the £1.85m salary cap, was initially proposed by Salford chairman Marwan Koukash but taken on in a modified fashion by Warrington.

    Four clubs - thought to be Wakefield, Castleford, Hull and Huddersfield - were against the proposal but PA Sport understands the vote went 8-4 in its favour.

  86. Doe, a deer, a cricketing deer

    Cricket

    Chris Gayle isn't the only one getting over the boundary at Somerset.....

    Deer at Taunton

    BBC Somerset's Charlie Taylor photographed the moment a deer decided to leap over and out of the Taunton County Ground.

    It's cleared the fence well, to be fair.

  87. Hyundai heir considers Fifa role

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Chung Mong-joon

    Chung Mong-joon says he will "careful consider" whether to run for the Fifa presidency.

    The billionaire heir to South Korea's Hyundai conglomerate is a former member of Fifa's executive committee and a long-time critic of Sepp Blatter.

    "I will make my decision after meeting with international football leaders and listening to their opinions," Chung said.

  88. Legatissimo heads Oaks field

    Horse Racing

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent

    The 1000 Guineas winner Legatissimo and jockey Ryan Moore head of field of 11 runners for flat racing's Oaks, staged over the same mile-and-a-half-long course at Epsom as Saturday's Derby, but 24 hours earlier.

  89. South African FA news conference

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Questions are still being posed to South Africa's Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula regarding the alleged World Cup corruption.

    Mbalula has said of the departing Sepp Blatter: "He has been a good friend of South Africa. He delivered the World Cup to Africa. History will remember him."

  90. 'Seminal moment for Fifa'

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Sepp Blatter

    BBC Sport's Gary Lineker has had his say on the Blatter affair, calling it a "seminal" moment for Fifa.

    You can watch his reaction here.

    Also wading in on the debate is Brazil legend Pele, who wants to "stop the war" in football.

  91. On this day

    Football

    Liverpool have delved into the archives and found a piece of parchment which confirmed the creation of the club on 3 June 1892.

    And thanks to modern technology, we're all able to see it on Twitter.

    Liverpool certificate
  92. Rafa Benitez news conference

    Football

    Rafa Benitez

    Spanish newspaper AS have tweeted Rafa Benitez's reaction to being named Real Madrid manager.

    He seems a bit lost for words, which isn't hugely helpful at a news conference.

    "This is the hard part, having to speak, but not really knowing what to say," said the former Liverpool boss.

    "Madrid is my home. It's emotional to be back. I hope it goes well, that the team plays quality football and wins trophies."

  93. Head over heels

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Frank Lowy

    Frank Lowy, the chairman of Football Federation Australia, has issued an open letter...

    "World football might just be at the dawn of a new era. Sepp Blatter's resignation should open the door to major reform. I say should because FIFA's problems are deep-rooted and tangled in a culture that has developed over decades. It will take a united, concerted effort by its football associations to fix the mess."

    Lowy, you may recall, is the 84-year-old who cartwheeled off the stage when he was presenting the A-League trophy...

  94. Rafa Benitez news conference

    Football

    Rafa Benitez

    While we're waiting for Rafa Benitez to officially be unveiled as Real Madrid manager, the La Liga club have tweeted pictures of him as a young whippersnapper, when he was coach at their academy.

    The club call him "a home-grown man".

  95. Tuchel news conference

    Football

    Jurgen Klopp

    New Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel: "I know I can rely on this club. The trust from this club was an important factor in my decision to come to Dortmund.

    "Jurgen Klopp was more than a coach here. He had seven unbelievable successful years."

  96. 'Women's World Cup can rival men's'

    Football

    Eniola Aluko

    It's only three days until the Women's World Cup kicks off in Canada.

    During the tournament, England and Chelsea forward Eniola Aluko will be writing a regular column for BBC Sport.

    In her latest piece, Aluko discusses how the women's competition could rival the men's and life on the road in Toronto.

  97. Security, security

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Sepp Blatter

    "Anything you shouldn't have in your pocket, sir?"

    Throughout the day, we'll be showing you the best Blatter pictures from over the years.

  98. Williams looking for semi-final spot

    Tennis

    Serena Williams

    Top seed Serena Williams is back on court at the French Open at 13:00 BST to take on Sara Errani of Italy for a place in the semi-finals.

    Williams, a two-time champion at Roland Garros, snuck through to the quarters after a tough battle against fellow American Sloane Stephens. Will 17th seed Errani put her through her paces in Paris?

    You can follow all the action on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and the BBC Sport website.

  99. South Africa and the £6.5m payment

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    In his latest blog, the BBC's Andrew Harding considers whether South Africa paid a $10m (£6.5m) bribe to make sure they won the right to host the 2010 World Cup.

    South Africa's minister of sports Fikile Mbalula is about to address these allegations at a news conference in Johannesburg. You can watch that event by clicking the play icon at the top of this page.

  100. Real thing for Benitez

    Football

    Rafa Benitez presentation

    Ian Herbert, chief sportswriter at the Independent, tweets: "Stage is set at the Bernabeu for Rafa Benitez and the job he has coveted for much of his life."

    Former Liverpool manager Benitez is to be presented as Real Madrid coach at 12:00 BST.

  101. South African FA news conference

    Fifa fall-out

    More from South African sports minister Fikile Mbalula: "We have never divorced nor contradicted ourselves. We refuse to be caught up in a battle between the US and Fifa.

    "We frown upon the allegations that suggest South Africa has paid a bribe. South Africa hosted the World Cup to show Africa stands tall."

  102. Rafa's Real tour

    Football

    Rafa Benitez

    Real Madrid are expected to unveil Rafa Benitez as their new manager at 12:00 GMT.

    The club have tweeted pictures of the former Liverpool boss striking some pensive poses while on a tour of their training ground.

    The big question now is: will Rafa sport a jeans and blazer combo in his news conference?

  103. South African FA news conference

    Fifa fall-out

    Fikile Mbalula

    South Africa's sports minister Fikile Mbalula has been speaking in a news conference to address the World Cup 2010 bribe allegations.

    "We standby our original statement. South African government has not paid any bribe to anyone to secure rights to the World Cup," he said.

    "We will approach the US authorities through the proper channels. We ask for South Africans to be patient as we assess the details."

    It had been alleged that South Africa paid a $10m (£6.5m) bribe to make sure they won the right to host the 2010 World Cup.

  104. Who's in next?

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    The question now turns to who will replace Sepp Blatter.

    What sort of Fifa will the winner inherit if the promised radical reforms take place? What next for the World Cup hosts Russia and Qatar?

    Prince Ali

    Unless the electoral process changes dramatically Asian and African countries will once again be the power brokers.

    Given anti-European sentiments amongst many nations in those continents the winner will need to be acceptable to all sides.

    With Prince Ali of Jordan backed by Uefa could he now return and claim the Fifa crown he was denied by Sepp Blatter last Friday?

  105. US Attorney General news conference

    Football

    Loretta Lynch

    US Attorney General Loretta Lynch: "With respect to the Fifa investigation announced last week, we are not able to comment further on other individuals connected. This is an ongoing investigation.

    "This was an example of international co-operation. The Swiss authorities have an investigation under way regarding the awarding of the World Cups in 2018 and 2022."

    Lynch is the official who issued indictments against nine Fifa officials and five corporate executives last week, sparking this Fifa controversy.

  106. Costa loves Chelsea

    Football

    Striker Diego Costa has rubbished reports he wants to leave Chelsea and return to Spain.

    Diego Costa

    The 26-year-old made a £32m move from Atletico Madrid last summer.

    After scoring seven goals in his opening four games, Costa struggled with suspension and injuries, as the Blues won the Premier League title.

    Speaking to Chelsea TV he said: "I love it, the fans love me and I want to stay."

  107. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Victorien Kouye Metonou: Shocking because he was democratically elected. The West and Uefa's mafia got rid of him!

    Richard Gilbert: If any other president, CEO or politician had espoused the same views as Blatter on homosexuality, gender equality and racism, their position would have been untenable.

    Peter Yunana Michika: We Africans we are very happy with Blatter and forever grateful to whom I call Sir Sepp Baba Blatter. Without him football will be in trouble.

    Let us know via #bbcsportsday, text 81111 (UK users only) or post on BBC Sport Facebook.

  108. Tuchel news conference

    Football

    Thomas Tuchel

    New Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel: "I'm overjoyed to be officially presented as Dortmund coach. I wanted to coach a top, traditional Bundesliga club.

    "Dortmund are at the forefront of the German game but we have some ground to make up on the other teams and that is a challenge.

    "It's extremely important that we rise to the challenge making up that ground. It's about hard work, courage and tenacity."

  109. Hold my hand

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Sepp Blatter

    The 2006 World Cup mascot 'Goleo' is unsure whether to accept Sepp Blatter's extended hand...

    Throughout the day, we'll be showing you the best Blatter pictures from over the years.

  110. Djokovic & Nadal do battle in France

    Tennis

    Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

    Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic take to the court at Roland Garros at 13:00 BST in the French Open quarter final.

    Nadal is looking for his 10th title in Paris but can world number Djokovic dethrone the King of Clay?

    BBC Sport's Piers Newbery has weighed up their chances in this handy preview.

  111. Dortmund unveil Tuchel

    Football

    BVB

    New Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel is facing the media, as he takes charge at the Westfalenstadion.

    Tuchel joins from Mainz to replace the popular Jurgen Klopp who resigned his position. We'll bring you the highlights of his presentation a little later.

  112. Potential successor?

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    South African minister of sport and recreation Mbalula Fikile may have thrown his hat into the ring...

    Mbalula Fikile
  113. Question of Sport teaser

    Cricket

    The Sportsday entry you all wait for every day...

    Today's teaser from Question of Sport: Which seven men made their Test debuts for the England cricket team in 2014?

    Answers will be revealed later on.

  114. Starting soon

    Coming up is a South Africa FA news briefing following the announcement by Sepp Blatter on Tuesday.

    If you want to view that, click the play icon at the top of this page.

    You may also want to follow BBC News correspondent Milton Nkosi for updates

  115. German and Swiss reaction

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Sepp Blatter

    Some tasty stuff to get your teeth stuck into:

    Switzerland's Neue Zuercher Zeitung said: "Joseph Blatter is leaving after 40 years in the service of Fifa - and that is a good thing. The time for him to resign had already come at the end of his last term as president. But he clung to office."

    German tabloid Bild asks: "Who can save Fifa now?"

    Germany's Die Welt: "The fact that Blatter is resigning only now shows how egoistic he is. If he had genuinely felt 'responsibility'' he should have stepped down long ago."

  116. Adam Johnson denies child sex charges

    Football

    Adam Johnson

    Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has formally pleaded not guilty to a number of allegations of sexual activity with a child.

    The 27-year-old, from Castle Eden, County Durham, was arrested in March and denied the charges at Durham Crown Court.

    Click here for full updates on the trial

  117. Mansfield sign Thomas after Motherwell exit

    Football

    Mansfield Town have signed winger Nathan Thomas on a two-year contract following his exit from Scottish Premier League side Motherwell.

    The 20-year-old former Plymouth player joined Well in February and made two appearances, but he spent the end of the season on trial with the Stags.

    Thomas played 24 games for Plymouth before moving to Scotland.

  118. Good dribbling

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Sepp Blatter

    Having showed off his ball control in Guatemala in 2002, Sepp Blatter showcased his dribbling skills at a children's school in Peru two years later.

    Throughout the day, we'll be showing you the best Blatter pictures from over the years.

  119. Finally going

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    Sepp Blatter's key advisers cut dejected figures last night as their boss announced he was stepping aside.

    The air of despondency in Zurich contrasts sharply with that in the rest of Europe. Greg Dyke and others who have pushed for reform rejoiced at the news that the man who has controlled Fifa with an iron grip since 1998 was finally going.

  120. Adam Johnson arrives in court

    Football

    Adam Johnson

    England and Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson has arrived at Durham Crown Court to face child sex charges.

    He has been charged with three counts of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl and one offence of grooming.

    For all the latest on the trial, follow the live text here

  121. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Ogonna John: Blatter, you will always remain and be unforgettable in terms of football. You are a hero...

    Kutlo Dicemann Mahole: Will we ever see Africa hosting the World Cup again? I don't think so. Will Russia host 2018? I also don't think so. Will America or England host 2018 and 2022? Most likely. Africa will be left behind.

    Let us know via #bbcsportsday, text 81111 (UK users only) or post on BBC Sport Facebook.

  122. Good take, Blatts

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Sepp Blatter

    Sepp Blatter showed off his excellent ball control to children in Guatemala on his visit to the country in 2002.

    Throughout the day, we'll be showing you the best Blatter pictures from over the years.

  123. Uefa meeting postponed

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Michel Platini

    Uefa president Michel Platini has revealed that a meeting of European football associations which was to take place in Berlin around this weekend's Champions League final has been postponed.

    "It is with great concern that I, like most football fans around the world, have been following the daily developments regarding the investigations pertaining to FIFA corruption matters," said a Platini statement.

    "Considering new information is revealed every day, I believe it is wiser to take time to assess the situation, so together we can take a position on this issue.

    "There will be other opportunities for us to meet in the coming weeks and by then hopefully more light will have been shed on this matter."

  124. 'I'm flabbergasted'

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    Jerome Champagne - who tried and failed to make it onto the Fifa presidential ballot paper - says he is "shocked, stunned and flabbergasted" by recent events at Fifa.

    He feels it is still too early to decide if he will launch another presidential campaign but "is excluding nothing" at this stage.

  125. Benitez's 'dream job'

    Football

    Rick Parry and Rafer Benitez

    Rick Parry, former chief executive at Liverpool, has given his reaction to the appointment of ex-Reds manager Rafael Benitez at Real Madrid.

    "I think it's a great appointment for Rafa at his home club," Parry told BBC Radio 5 Live.

    "In many ways his dream job. It was one that he kept telling us was on the cards whilst he was at Liverpool.

    "Good luck to Rafa. I'll be sending him a message today assuming it is confirmed and I hope it works out for both of them."

  126. Wednesday's headlines

    If you're just logging on, here's a recap of Wednesday's main headlines:

    • Fifa president Sepp Blatter to quit his post after 17 years.
    • US media reports Blatter is being investigated by officials as part of their inquiry into corruption at world football's governing body.
    • Interpol issue wanted notices for two former FIFA officials and four corporate executives.
    • Rafael Benitez to be presented as Real Madrid boss on a three-year deal.
  127. I'm outta love

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Anastasia

    "I'm outta love,

    "set me free,

    "and let me out this misery."

    Those were the words Anastasia once sang. How apt they are today? The American performed the official song of the 2002 World Cup.

  128. Front pages

    Sport360 (UAE)

    Sport360

    Now this is a surprise. United Arab Emirate's based English sports paper Sport360 have run a headline saying "Good riddance" following the news of Sepp Blatter's announcement.

    Remember, neighbouring Qatar are set to host the 2022 World Cup.

  129. Around the world

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    The news of Sepp Blatter's resignation is one the most prominent stories in newspapers across the world on Wednesday. BBC Monitoring bring you the following:

    • Uganda's Daily Monitor asks a for "a lengthy ban" on those facing corruption charges and backs a hefty fine. It adds that such measures will ensure that Fifa is taken seriously again.
    • Middle East, several papers have prominently covered the story. Jordanian publications are asking whether Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein - Mr Blatter's sole challenger in the election that was held four days ago - will run for Fifa's presidency again.
    • Several Indian media are reporting on the resignation, with headlines such as: "Key questions: Why did Blatter resign and what now for Fifa?" and "After 17 Years at Helm, Defiant to Defeated in Four Fateful Days". Sepp Blatter is one of the top trending topics on Twitter in India and Pakistan.
  130. WANTED

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Interpol

    This just in from Interpol's Twitter feed...

    The international police organisation have issued what they call "Red Notices" - basically international wanted posters - for "two former FIFA officials and four corporate executives for charges including racketeering conspiracy and corruption."

    So keep your eyes peeled for former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner, former Fifa executive committee member Nicolas Leoz, Argentines Alejandro Burzaco, Hugo Jinkis and Mariano Jinkis, and Brazilian Jose Margulies.

  131. Cutting retort

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Ben Ahmed Al-Thani

    The president of the Qatar FA, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Ben Ahmed Al-Thani, has not taken too kindly to FA chairman Greg Dyke's comments about the Gulf state's hosting of the 2022 World Cup...

    "Mr Dyke's instinct to immediately focus on stripping Qatar of the World Cup speaks volumes on his views concerning what will be the first Fifa World Cup to take place in the Middle East," a statement read.

    "We would urge Mr Dyke to concentrate on delivering his promise to build an England team capable of winning the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar."

  132. Tighter shorts, ladies

    Sepp Blatter to resign

    Sepp Blatter

    "Let the women play in more feminine clothes like they do in volleyball. They could, for example, have tighter shorts," Sepp Blatter once said.

  133. Front pages

    Africa

    The witness

    There appears to be less of a triumphant tone surrounding Sepp Blatter's departure in today's African newspapers.

    Volksblad
  134. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Football

    Real Madrid have confirmed that Rafa Benitez will be presented as their new coach today at 12:00 BST. The Spanish club say he will sign a three-year deal.

  135. Pregnant with possibilities

    Sepp Blatter to resign