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A day after decision to resign as FIFA president, Blatter goes back to work at headquarters

  • FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 file photo FIFA President Sepp Blatter pauses during a press conference following a meeting of the Executive Committee in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA President Sepp Blatter will resign from soccer's governing body amid a widening corruption scandal and promised Tuesday to call for fresh elections to choose a successor. (Photo/Steffen Schmidt, Keystone via AP, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 file photo FIFA President Sepp Blatter pauses during a press conference following a meeting of the Executive Committee in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA President Sepp Blatter will resign from soccer's governing body amid a widening corruption scandal and promised Tuesday to call for fresh elections to choose a successor. (Photo/Steffen Schmidt, Keystone via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2005 file photo, Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) general secretary Chuck Blazer attends a press conference in Frankfurt, Germany. Blazer, a former FIFA executive committee member, told a U.S. federal judge he and others on the governing body's ruling panel agreed to receive bribes as part of the vote that picked South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup, according to a transcript of the 2013 hearing in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn unsealed by prosecutors Wednesday, June 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernd Kammerer, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2005 file photo, Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) general secretary Chuck Blazer attends a press conference in Frankfurt, Germany. Blazer, a former FIFA executive committee member, told a U.S. federal judge he and others on the governing body's ruling panel agreed to receive bribes as part of the vote that picked South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup, according to a transcript of the 2013 hearing in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn unsealed by prosecutors Wednesday, June 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernd Kammerer, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • This screengrab of Interpol's website shows undated portraits of men who were added to Interpol's most wanted list on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Top row, from left to right, are Jack Warner, Nicolas Leoz and Alejandro Burzaco. Bottom row from left are Hugo Jinkis, Mariano Jinkis and Jose Margulies. Interpol added these men with ties to FIFA to its most wanted list, issuing an international alert for the two former FIFA officials and four executives on charges including racketeering and corruption. The Interpol "red notice" means they risk arrest anywhere they travel. (Interpol via AP)

    This screengrab of Interpol's website shows undated portraits of men who were added to Interpol's most wanted list on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Top row, from left to right, are Jack Warner, Nicolas Leoz and Alejandro Burzaco. Bottom row from left are Hugo Jinkis, Mariano Jinkis and Jose Margulies. Interpol added these men with ties to FIFA to its most wanted list, issuing an international alert for the two former FIFA officials and four executives on charges including racketeering and corruption. The Interpol "red notice" means they risk arrest anywhere they travel. (Interpol via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A day after announcing his decision to resign, Sepp Blatter was back at work at FIFA headquarters on Wednesday as the worst corruption crisis in the governing body's 111-year history continued to unfold.

Interpol added six men with ties to FIFA to its most wanted list, while South African officials denied they made a $10 million bribe to secure the 2010 World Cup.

Blatter spoke to FIFA staff for about 10 minutes on Wednesday morning, returning to the same auditorium where he delivered his resignation speech a day earlier. Staff described him as being emotional, and said he received a standing ovation.

Elsewhere, Interpol got involved. 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.

Two of the men, former FIFA vice president Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago and former executive committee member Nicolas Leoz of Paraguay, have been arrested in their home counties. Warner has since been released and Leoz is under house arrest. The Interpol "red notice" means they risk arrest anywhere they travel.

In South Africa, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said the government wanted to "categorically deny" that the country paid any bribes to win the right to host the 2010 tournament.

Mbalula characterized the $10 million as an "above-board payment" to help soccer development in the Caribbean region.

The money, which went into a fund controlled by Warner, is part of the U.S. investigation into soccer corruption. That probe led to the arrest of seven soccer officials in Zurich last week, kicking off the FIFA scandal and eventually leading to Blatter's decision to step down.

Warner and Leoz were among 14 people indicted in the U.S. as part of the federal investigation.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, speaking in Latvia on Wednesday at a meeting with EU justice ministers, declined to comment on Blatter's resignation or whether he was himself under investigation.

"It's an open case and so we will now be speaking through the courts," Lynch said.

In a separate probe, Swiss authorities have opened a criminal investigation related to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests. Russia won the right to host the 2018 tournament and Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup.

The Swiss attorney general's office said Blatter was not under investigation, but said it has opened criminal proceedings against "persons unknown" for money-laundering.

Blatter said Tuesday he would remain president until a new election can be set up, which FIFA said could be sometime between December and March.

Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein, who lost to Blatter in Friday's election, left open the possibility that he could stand again, and former FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon said at a news conference in Seoul that he will think about whether to run. UEFA president Michel Platini is considered a likely candidate.