Blatter wins FIFA election for fifth time

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Sepp Blatter
Sepp Blatter

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Sepp Blatter has been re-elected president of FIFA, football’s world governing body, in a vote overshadowed by arrests and corruption allegations.

Mr Blatter’s rival, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, withdrew after the first round of voting. Mr Blatter fell seven short of the two-thirds needed, but Prince Ali opted not to contest further.

Seven top officials were arrested in Switzerland on Wednesday as part of a US prosecution that indicted 14 people. 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”.

‘Nobody is perfect’

But Mr Blatter hailed his victory, thanking all those who voted from him and his rival, Prince Ali.

Mr Blatter said: “I am not perfect, nobody is perfect, but we will do a good job together I am sure.”

He also hinted that this term in office, his fifth, could be his last, saying: “At the end of my term I will give up Fifa in a strong position.” (BBC Sport)

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