Sepp Blatter has been re-elected president of FIFA after Prince Ali bin Hussein of Jordan withdrew from the race after losing the first round of voting at the FIFA Congress in Zurich.

There was set to be a second round of voting after Blatter earned 133 votes to Prince Ali's 73, with the incumbent narrowly failing to achieve the required two-thirds majority. 

Blatter missed out on the 140-vote target by just seven votes, with three of the 209 votes cast deemed invalid.

However, Prince Ali withdrew from the race prior to the second round, meaning Blatter will serve a fifth term as FIFA president.

"It has been a wonderful journey," Prince Ali said in a brief speech.

"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." 

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.

Blatter had told the FIFA Congress that the crisis would not have happened if countries other than Russia and Qatar had won the vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

In what appeared a reference to the United States and England losing out, Blatter called for unity from FIFA's 209 associations ahead of the presidential election.

Blatter told the FIFA Congress: "If two other countries had emerged from the envelope I think we may not have these problems. But we can't go back in time, we're not prophets, we can't say what would have happened."

Russia president Vladimir Putin on Thursday criticised the American indictments and claimed they were designed to undermine Blatter's re-election.

Blatter added of the police swoop: "I am not going to use the word coincidence but I do have a small question mark."

Blatter admitted the events of this week "unleashed a storm" ahead of the election but appealed to delegates for unity, and said: "I am being held accountable for the current storm, okay so be it - I will shoulder that responsibility. I want to fix FIFA together with you - tomorrow, day after and in the weeks to come."

Blatter also hinted this term would be his last, saying: "At the end of my term of office I want to hand over a strong FIFA."

He had given a similar message in 2011 however, only to change his mind and stand again.

He ended his address by spreading his arms and telling delegates: "I would just like to stay with you, I would like to continue with you."

Prince Ali had directly addressed the crisis that has struck FIFA and called for a "new dawn" for the world governing body.

The 39-year-old told delegates: "The eyes of the world are upon us and not for the first time and this time everything is at stake - for the game, for the world.

"The world that is watching is not a stakeholder separate from the game, FIFA does not exist in a bubble, There cannot be a more defining moment in time.

"We have heard in recent days voices describe our FIFA as morally bankrupt and an avaricious body which feeds off the game we love. There are no easy answers and no blame can be passed that washes away the stain.

"I will not hide among your ranks when things are bad and step forward when things are good. Now is the time to show the outside world that we are hungry for their respect.

"For the soul of our game and for a new dawn for FIFA."

Swiss police had earlier cleared the congress hall following a bomb threat. There was a another security incident when two pro-Palestinian protesters were ejected from the hall after making their way inside, while a demonstration calling for Israel to be ejected from FIFA continued outside.

The Palestinian FA dropped a proposal to have the Israeli FA suspended from FIFA but won the right for a committee to be established to ensure free movement of players and goods, and for FIFA to pass it to the United Nations to decide whether five Israeli settler clubs should be permitted to continue in "occupied territories".

This was followed by a symbolic handshake between the presidents of the Israeli and Palestinian FAs.

John Delaney, chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland, believes that despite Blatter's victory the pressure of the latest crisis will mean he does not see out his four-year term.

"I still think this is the beginning of the end of Sepp Blatter,” Delaney said.

“I don't see him seeing his four years out - the momentum is too great.

"We have to see how best we can use the European muscle. We also need to go on a charm offensive with Africa and Asia."