He fought to stay, but now the head of soccer's governing body has decided to go, in the midst of a corruption scandal.

FOX News Radio's Simon Owen reports:

In a shock announcement, FIFA President Sepp Blatter announcing his resignation, saying he'll go as soon as a successor can be chosen.

He was only re-elected to the post four days ago.

But his decision to quit comes less than a week after U.S. authorities arrested seven soccer officials in Switzerland, for corruption.

Blatter has run FIFA for almost 20 years. But for much of that time the organization has faced claims of bribery and fraud.

In London, Simon Owen, FOX News Radio.