The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) said in a statement on Wednesday that it was surprised by the recent resignation of FIFA President Joseph Blatter.
“We are surprised by the decision of FIFA President Joseph Blatter to lay down his mandate during a FIFA Extraordinary Congress in Decem- ber 2015,” according to the statement posted on the federation’s website.
But the PFF added that Blatter’s resignation was “courageous” and added that they believe that it was made for “the greater interest of the sport of football.”
Blatter, who was in the center of the whole controversy on the alleged corruption inside the world football governing body, announced his resignation on the morning of Tuesday, Philippine time. The FIFA leader for the past 17 years announced that he is leaving his post in Zurich, Switzerland, after receiving notice from US prosecutors that he is now also included in the investigation.
PFF also thanked Blatter for his contributions to the sport.
“We thank him for his spirited efforts for meaningful football development program in all FIFA Member Associations.”
The PFF added that the issue suggests that bigger reforms should be made inside FIFA.
“The situation offers a big opportunity to continue and intensify the reforms that have been started. Indeed, deliberate focus on more governance reform and transparency is now called for.”
Blatter visited the Philippines in December of 2014 when he attended the Asian Foot- ball Confederation 60th anniversary gala and awards night in Makati.