Blatter wins new term as FIFA president

Wed Jun 1, 2011 5:22pm GMT
 

By Brian Homewood

ZURICH (Reuters) - Sepp Blatter was re-elected unopposed for a fourth term as FIFA president on Wednesday, shrugging off the scandals that have hit world soccer's governing body to secure another four years in charge.

Blatter, the 75-year-old Swiss who has run FIFA since 1998, received 186 out of the 203 votes cast.

"Together we will have four years...to continue on our path and to do our job," Blatter told delegates after the vote of confidence from soccer federations worldwide.

"I'm happy that we were able to bring this solidarity, this unity into FIFA, allowing us to move forward with a positive standpoint."

He added: "I'm deeply moved, I'm honoured."

Earlier, the Congress had rejected a proposal from the English FA to postpone the election.

Blatter's opponent Mohamed bin Hammam withdrew his candidacy on Sunday amid a cash-for-votes scandal.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) head, who was barred from entering the Congress hall, was subsequently suspended, along with fellow executive committee member Jack Warner, pending further investigations by FIFA's ethics committee.

Before the vote, Blatter said he would propose changes to the way World Cup hosts are elected and promised that FIFA would be tougher on wrong-doers.

He said: "We must strengthen the ethics committee, make it more professional. The Congress will decide the members of the ethics committee. A new code of ethics is also a code for good personal conduct as well."

<p>A reporter uses his cell phone as he walks past a FIFA logo in front of FIFA headquarters before a press conference of the FIFA Executive Committee in Zurich October 29, 2007. REUTERS/Michael Buholzer</p>
 
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