Yesterday, Blatter's staff gave him a standing ovation.

As ripples of the scandal reverberated from Europe to Africa to the Middle East, the embattled president showed up for work at FIFA's gleaming headquarters in Zurich, where FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer said he met with staff and received their applause.

On May 27, Swiss police raided a luxury Zurich hotel on the eve of FIFA's annual conference and arrested seven soccer officials. They were among 14 current and former sports and marketing officials indicted by U S authorities on bribery, vote-rigging and other corruption charges.

In a separate investigation, Swiss authorities seized documents at FIFA headquarters in their probe into the bidding contests for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments.

Some of the developments in the case around the world:

The Blazer case:
Prosecutors unsealed a 40-page transcript of a 2013 hearing in federal court in New York in which former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer said he and others on the panel agreed to receive bribes to vote for South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup.

2010 World Cup: In Johannesburg, South African officials said they made an "above-board payment" of usd 10 million to help soccer development in the Caribbean region but emphasized that it was not a bribe to secure the 2010 World Cup.

Most wanted list: Interpol added six men with ties to FIFA to its most-wanted list. The international police force, based in Lyon, France, issued an alert for two former FIFA officials and four executives on charges including racketeering and corruption.

The next president: The race to succeed Blatter has started, with former France soccer great Michel Platini at the top of many lists. Platini, the president of European governing body UEFA, has also been keeping a low profile since Blatter's announcement, but he is expected to speak in the coming days in Berlin, where he will attend Saturday's Champions League final.

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