Breaking news: FIFA director of communications Walter de Gregorio resigns

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A replica of the FIFA Soccer World Cup Trophy is pictured at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich
A replica of the FIFA Soccer World Cup Trophy is pictured at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich
A replica of the FIFA Soccer World Cup Trophy is pictured at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich

FIFA director of communications and public affairs Walter De Gregorio resigned from his position with immediate effect on Thursday, the world governing body confirmed in a statement.

Nicolas Maingot, his deputy, has been named to replace De Gregorio on a temporary basis.

De Gregorio, who will continue to serve FIFA “on a consultancy basis” until the end of the year, had been in the position since 2011 and was present when president Sepp Blatter announced his resignation on June 2.

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