Sepp Blatter celebrates his re-election last month. The triumph proved short-lived. Photo: Getty Images
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Sepp Blatter stands down as Fifa president

Sepp Blatter, the controversial chief of Fifa, has resigned.

Sepp Blatter, the head of Fifa, football's global governing body, has resigned. Blatter, who was relected last Friday, has unexpectedly stood down.

His re-election was opposed by Uefa, European football's governing body, and a quarter of European FAs, raising the prospect of a breakaway by some of world football's biggest teams. Chris Bryant, Labour's shadow Culture Secretary, had called on the United Kingdom's FAs to consider boycotting the World Cups in Russia and Qatar. 

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Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?

The political and policy-based implications of the new Secretary of State for International Trade.

Only Nixon, it is said, could have gone to China. Only a politician with the impeccable Commie-bashing credentials of the 37th President had the political capital necessary to strike a deal with the People’s Republic of China.

Theresa May’s great hope is that only Liam Fox, the newly-installed Secretary of State for International Trade, has the Euro-bashing credentials to break the news to the Brexiteers that a deal between a post-Leave United Kingdom and China might be somewhat harder to negotiate than Vote Leave suggested.

The biggest item on the agenda: striking a deal that allows Britain to stay in the single market. Elsewhere, Fox should use his political capital with the Conservative right to wait longer to sign deals than a Remainer would have to, to avoid the United Kingdom being caught in a series of bad deals. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.