Sepp Blatter has won the FIFA presidential election … and now he’s been anointed to rule football for another four years in addition to 17 years already served.
Blatter beat his only rival, Jordan’s Prince Ali, by 133-73 congress votes. His other opponents, Netherlands’ Nathan Van Praag and Portugal’s Luis Figo, but they quit before the showdown, with the latter claiming that the electoral process was ‘anything but an election.’
Blatter’s victory comes in the wake of the corruption scandal rocking FIFA as of late. This week, 7 high-ranking officials were arrested in Switzerland following a U.S and Swiss corruption investigation that indicted 14 of bribery, racketeering and money-laundering involving tens of millions of dollars since 1991. Blatter has not been indicted in the investigation yet.
In his victory speech, Blatter thanked those who voted him and again hinted that he won’t seek reelection after his fifth term, saying, ‘At the end of my term I will give up Fifa in a strong position.’ It is worthy to note that he said the same thing after winning the 2011 elections.
Blatter’s strongest support came from Africa and Asia.