Fifa re-elects Sepp Blatter as president

BBC
May 29,2014

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, had forced a second round of voting but withdrew.

In his victory speech, Mr Blatter said: “I am the president now, the president of everybody.”

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

Mr 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”.

‘Crushed hopes’

But Mr Blatter hailed his victory, thanking all those who voted from him and praising the bravery of his rival, Prince Ali, for withdrawing.

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