Blatter Re-elected FIFA President
SEPP BLATTER has been re-elected president of Fifa, football’s world governing body, in a vote overshadowed by arrests and corruption allegations.
Blatter’s rival, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, withdrew after the first round of voting.
Blatter fell seven short of the two-thirds needed, after securing 133 as against 73 by Prince Ali, who 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 Blatter should quit “the sooner the better”.
The vote took place at Fifa’s congress in Zurich. A candidate needed 140 votes to win in the first round.
The two candidates had earlier delivered final appeals to the electors.