Saturday, 30 May 2015
Sepp Blatter wins fifth term as FIFA president
Sepp Blatter has been re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth time after rival candidate Prince Ali bin Al Hussein conceded defeat as the voting went into a second round.
Out of the 206 valid votes, Blatter got 133 while Ali obtained 73 as neither candidate was able to obtain the two-thirds majority for an outright win.
"I thank you that you accept me and that for the next four years, I will be in command of this boat called FIFA and we'll bring it back to the shore," Blatter said in his winning speech.
Blatter joined FIFA in 1975 and has been FIFA president since 1998.
His win came despite demands that he quit in the face of a bribery scandal being investigated by US, Swiss and other law enforcement agencies that plunged the world football body into the worst crisis in its 111-year history.
Speaking just before the vote, Blatter said he felt that he had only been with the organisation for a short time and wanted to stay longer.
"What is time anyway. I find that the time I have spent at FIFA is very short," he said. "The more one ages the more time flies by quickly. I am with you, and I would like to stay with you."