A great overview from The Guardian on the responses all over the world from Sepp Blatter’s resignation:
Africa Blatter’s departure is a machination of western governments
United States I guess we could say for the moment, Hallelujah
Russia The Americans … forced Blatter out. They forced him out
Asia Fifa under Blatter was no longer an arrogant Euro-centric club
Spain Blatter a victim of ‘Anglo-Saxon interests’
This story at the Guardian gives a bit of perspective on Blatter, especially on the good FIFA has done in Africa and Asia.
Before the election of João Havelange, Blatter’s predecessor and mentor of sorts, the big European nations controlled football to the extent of only allowing one spot in the World Cup to developing nations.
Havelange, and then Blatter went on a mission to make FIFA more inclusive, expanding the World Cup and starting several programs that funnel money into soccer infrastructure in poorer countries. Now, this likely had more to do with securing the votes of the African and Asian nations, but it has still been a positive thing.
Understanding why he has the support he has is important. It is now up to the Europeans, if they want to influence the choice of the new FIFA leader, to present a viable program that maintains the support for the rest of the world. There is already the best infrastructure and most money in Europe; with all the best players also ending up in Europe there must be something for other countries.