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Blatter re-elected for fifth term as FIFA president

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Blatter re-elected for fifth term as FIFA president

<p>Not even the corruption scandal that has recently hit <span class="caps">FIFA</span> could stop Sepp Blatter being re-elected for a fifth term as President of world football’s governing body.</p> <p>The 79-year-old Swiss beat challenger Prince Ali Bin al Hussein of Jordan in the elections at the 65th <span class="caps">FIFA</span> congress in Zurich on Friday.</p> <p>And in his victory speech he even hinted that it would be last term.</p> <p>Blatter said: ‘‘I promise you at the end of my term, I will give this <span class="caps">FIFA</span> to my successor in a very very strong position, a robust <span class="caps">FIFA</span> and a good <span class="caps">FIFA</span>. We have to work together. You will ask me what age (to retire) it’s not an age, age is not a problem I have always told you.’‘</p> <p>Blatter was seven votes short of the two-thirds majority needed for an outright win but before the second round of voting could go ahead Prince Ali decided to withdraw.</p> <p>Prince Ali said: ‘‘I just wanted to thank all of you, its’ been a wonderful journey in terms of knowing you working with you seeing the challenges you have and i want to thank in particular those of you who were brave enough to support me, but having said that I will be withdrawing from the race. So thank you all very much and I wish you the best of luck for the future.’‘</p> <p>The victory for Blatter means the embattled president will have another four-year term in office.</p> <p>Although it is likely to begin with a spring cleaning of the <span class="caps">FIFA</span> house followed by an uphill struggle to regain the organization’s credibility across the footballing globe.</p>