Re-elected FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures during news conference after an extraordinary Executive Committee meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, in a May 30, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/Files
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Coca-Cola Co. and McDonald's Friday called for the immediate resignation of FIFA President Sepp Blatter a week after Swiss authorities said they were opening a criminal investigation into the head of the world football body.But Blatter's U.S. lawyer, Richard Cullen, said in response that Blatter would not resign, because he believed leaving office would not be in FIFA's best interest or advance needed reforms of the organization. Shortly thereafter, McDonald's followed suit with its own statement, adding to the call for Blatter to step aside.It was the first time that authorities investigating corruption in the world's most popular sport had pointed the finger directly at Blatter, the 79-year-old Swiss who has run its powerful governing body for the past 17 years.
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