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Blatter to serve fifth FIFA term
30 May 2015 07:07
Sepp Blatter has defeated Prince Ali bin Hussein of Jordan in the presidential election at the FIFA Congress in Zurich.
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There was set to be a second round of voting in the election after Mr Blatter earned 133 votes to Prince Ali bin Hussein of Jordan's 73, with the incumbent narrowly failing to achieve the required two-thirds majority.
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Mr Blatter missed out on the 140-vote target by just seven votes, with three of the 209 votes cast deemed invalid.
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However, Prince Ali withdrew from the race, meaning Mr Blatter will serve a fifth term as FIFA president.
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"It has been a wonderful journey. I want to thank all those brave enough to support me, but I will be withdrawing from the race. I wish you all the best of luck for the future," he said.
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Mr Blatter's victory comes despite a week of crisis for the world governing body which saw seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich and 18 people connected to football indicted on corruption charges by the US justice department.
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Earlier, European countries indicated they are set to mount further challenges to Mr Blatter’s authority.
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Former Manchester United chief executive David Gill said he would reject his position on the Fifa executive committee if Mr Blatter did not go.
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Addressing the delegation at FIFA's Congress in Switzerland this morning, Mr Blatter urged the membership to remain unified.
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