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Sepp Blatter Secures 5th Term as FIFA President

Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter has succeeded in extending his 17-year reign as FIFA President as he again secured a fresh mandate to run the world football governing body for another four years following his victory at Friday’s polls in Zurich.

Blatter was unable to secure the traditional two-thirds in the first round of voting but still saw off the stiff challenge from his opponent Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein defeating him 133-73 votes. Though a second round of voting was required, Prince Ali pulled off from the race and wished Blatter good luck.

Blatter, 79, has been working with FIFA since 1975 before rising to become the President in 1998. He was re-elected as president in 2002, 2007, 2011 and now in 2015.

On Wednesday, top ranking officials of FIFA, including one of the body’s Vice Presidents, were arrested by Swiss Police who are working in collaboration with the United States who claim to have damming evidences of shady dealings. Blatter did not claim ignorance of the supposed corruption eating deep into the fabrics of FIFA but he advocated evolution rather than revolution in cleaning up the mess that has grown worse in his  two decades of leadership.

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