Sepp Blatter has been re-elected, but a World Cup boycott would be devastating for the betting industry.
Sepp Blatter, the controversial head of FIFA, has been re-elected as president of the world soccer governing body.
This week despite years of condemnation, negative headlines, and the arrests of seven top FIFA officials on corruption charges, Blatter has ignored widespread calls for his resignation.
Alternatively, he received recommendation from 133 of 209 FIFA member delegates at the organization’s yearly general meeting in Zurich and will continue to preside over world soccer for his fifth tenure.
Their challenger, Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan, withdrew after the round that is first of.
‘ For the next four years I shall be in demand of the ship called FIFA. Beach soccer will be played everywhere,’ crowed the 79-old Swiss, amid titters from the press bench. ‘Let’s go FIFA, Let’s go FIFA. Many thanks.’
Blatter denied responsibility for last weeks arrests, the result of an indictment that is 47-count in federal court in Brooklyn against 14 people, accused, variously, of racketeering, cable fraud and money laundering conspiracy.
FIFA officials are accused of accepting bribes worth over $150 million in substitution for offering lucrative World Cup media and advertising liberties to various companies and national football associations.
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