(WFI) The director of communications & public affairs at FIFA has stepped down with immediate effect.

Walter de Gregorio (Getty Images)

FIFA announced on June 11, via release, that Walter de Gregorio would be stepping down and serving on a “consultancy basis” through the calendar year. De Gregorio joined FIFA in September 2011.

Deputy director Nicolas Maingot will assume de Gregorio’s role immediately on an interim basis.

“Walter has worked incredibly hard for the past four years and we are immensely grateful for all he has done,” Jérôme Valcke, FIFA secretary general, said in a statement.

“I am glad we will be able to continue to draw on his expertise until the end of the year.”

There is speculation that De Gregorio was fired for a joke he made while appearing on Swiss television recently.

De Gregorio’s actions come nine days after Sepp Blatter announced a FIFA extraordinary congress to elect a new president of the organization in the six to ten months.

By INSIDER writer Aaron Bauer

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