ZURICH – Sepp Blatter has re-elected as president of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) for a fifth term on Friday, despite all the arrests and corruption allegations.
The 79-year-old defeated his rival, the Jordanian Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein as Blatter polled 133 votes to Prince Ali’s 73, which would have been enough to take the contest to a potential second round but his 39-year-old challenger withdrew.
In his victory speech, Mr Blatter said: ““I like you, I like my job. I am not perfect, nobody is perfect, but we will do a good job together I am sure.”
“I congratulate you if you voted for Prince Ali, he was a good candidate, But I am the president now, the president of everybody,” he further said.
Prince Ali said: “It’s been a wonderful journey… And I want to thank in particular those of you who were brave enough to support me.”
Seven top officials were arrested in Switzerland on Wednesday as part of a US prosecution that indicted 14 people.
Mr Blatter, 79, has faced calls to resign, including from UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who said in Berlin on Thursday that the FIFA president should quit “the sooner the better”.
It is worth mentioning here that Blatter is in 70th place on the Forbes list of the world’s most powerful people and the only sports leader in the group jostling behind the likes of Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama.
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