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May 30, 2015

Blatter wins fifth FIFA term as challenger concedes

ZURICH (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter was re-elected president of FIFA for a fifth term on Friday after his only challenger conceded defeat in an election overshadowed by allegations of rampant corruption in world soccer.

Blatter won despite demands that he quit in the face of a major bribery scandal being investigated by U.S., Swiss and other law enforcement agencies that plunged soccer’s governing body into the worst crisis in its 111-year history.

May 29, 2015

New fight with UEFA looms if Blatter threatens World Cup slots

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA may be involved in a battle for its reputation in the wake of the corruption charges raised against some of its officials this week, but it could become embroiled in a civil war with UEFA over World Cup places next.

Newly-re-elected president Sepp Blatter, who got a bloody nose in his less than impressive 133-73 victory over Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan in Friday’s vote is about to face the first major obstacle of his fifth term of office.

May 29, 2015

Soccer-New fight with UEFA looms if Blatter threatens World Cup slots

ZURICH, May 29 (Reuters) – FIFA may be involved in a battle for its reputation in the wake of the corruption charges raised against some of its officials this week, but it could become embroiled in a civil war with UEFA over World Cup places next.

Newly-re-elected president Sepp Blatter, who got a bloody nose in his less than impressive 133-73 victory over Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan in Friday’s vote is about to face the first major obstacle of his fifth term of office.

May 29, 2015

FIFA presidential election results from 1904 to 2015

ZURICH (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter secured a fifth term as president of world soccer’s governing body FIFA on Friday despite a corruption scandal engulfing the organization. Here is a look at presidential elections since FIFA’s foundation in 1904:

Paris 1904

The seven founding members, Belgium, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, unanimously elected Frenchman Robert Guerin as FIFA’s first president.

May 29, 2015

Blatter re-elected FIFA president

ZURICH (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter has been re-elected FIFA president for a fifth term after Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al Hussein conceded defeat at the annual Congress of world soccer’s governing body on Friday.

Voting was due to go to a second round after neither candidate got two thirds of the vote in the first round.

May 29, 2015

Blatter takes the plaudits in final FIFA election pitch

ZURICH (Reuters) – Incumbent FIFA president Sepp Blatter used all the tricks of the old master he is after 17 years in the job to woo delegates at the FIFA Congress when he made his final election pitch before voting began for a new president on Friday.

The 79-year-old Swiss, who has been president since 1998 and is seeking a fifth term, gave a far more assured delivery than his challenger, 39-year-old Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan.

May 29, 2015

Platini puts FIFA politics aside to remember Heysel deaths

ZURICH (Reuters) – Michel Platini set FIFA politics aside for a while on Friday, the 30th anniversary of the Heysel Stadium disaster when 39 mostly Italian fans lost their lives at the 1985 European Cup final.

Platini, now president of European soccer’s governing body UEFA and sitting at the top table as a vice-president at FIFA’s Congress, scored the winning goal from a penalty that night in Brussels where Juventus beat Liverpool 1-0.

May 29, 2015

Soccer-Platini puts FIFA politics aside to remember Heysel deaths

ZURICH, May 29 (Reuters) – Michel Platini set FIFA politics aside for a while on Friday, the 30th anniversary of the Heysel Stadium disaster when 39 mostly Italian fans lost their lives at the 1985 European Cup final.

Platini, now president of European soccer’s governing body UEFA and sitting at the top table as a vice-president at FIFA’s Congress, scored the winning goal from a penalty that night in Brussels where Juventus beat Liverpool 1-0.

May 29, 2015

Blatter set to win new term despite soccer corruption scandal

ZURICH, May 29 (Reuters) – World soccer boss Sepp Blatter was expected to be re-elected on Friday, defying growing calls for him to step down in the face of corruption scandals engulfing the sport’s governing body.

Addressing delegates at FIFA’s annual Congress in Switzerland, where members will later vote to decide the organisation’s presidency, Blatter promised more transparency and urged members to remain unified.

May 29, 2015

FIFA’s culture needs to change says one of its own bosses

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA’s culture must change if it is to reclaim its credibility as an open and honest organization, one of its own senior officials told delegates at its annual congress on Friday.

After FIFA president Sepp Blatter had spoken at the start of proceedings, repeating his nautical analogies about steering the good ship FIFA back to calm waters, Domenico Scala, chairman of the Audit and Compliance Committee, issued a stark warning.