Sepp Blatter re-elected for fifth term as Fifa president

first_imgSepp Blatter has been re-elected for a fifth term as Fifa president after Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein withdrew from the second round of voting at the election in Zurich.The Swiss administrator, who has held the post for nearly 17 years, commandingly won the first round, but fell seven votes short of the 2/3 majority required to remain in charge.But, after the controversial 79-year-old recorded a 133-73 first count advantage over his Jordanian counterpart, Al Hussein surrendered his candidacy after recognising the extent of the defecit.Mr Blatter thanked Prince Ali for standing down as a contender despite his “very good result.”He told the election audience: “Thank you that you accepted me, that for the next four years I will be in command of this boat called Fifa, and we will bring it back, off shore, and back to the beach, we will bring it back, where finally football can be played, beach soccer can be played everywhere.“I take the responsibility to bring back Fifa, we can do it, and I’m convinced we can do it.”Blatter received a standing ovation at the end of a speech which he finished with: “Let’s go Fifa! Let’s go Fifa!”Fifa has been shrouded in allegations this week, with a number of representatives arrested after corruption revelations made by a US justice department.Blatter has consistently reiterated his desire to retain control, despite calls, including from UEFA president Michel Platini, to stand down.The result means Blatter will serve four more years at the helm. Sepp Blatter 1last_img read more