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Despite crisis, Sepp Blatter wins re-election as FIFA president 0 0 Google +0 0 Sepp Blatter speaks during the 65th FIFA Congress held at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, May 29, 2015, where he was re-electes as FIFA President. Friday, May 29, 2015 advertisements ZURICH – Sepp Blatter was re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term on Friday, chosen to lead world soccer despite separate U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption. The 209 FIFA member federations gave the 79-year-old Blatter another four-year term after Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan conceded defeat after losing 133-73 in the first round. Prince Ali’s promise of a clean break from FIFA’s tarnished recent history was rejected despite the worst scandal in the organization’s 111-year history. The election went ahead Friday after U.S. and Swiss federal investigations struck at the heart of Blatter’s “football family” this week. Two FIFA vice-presidents and a recently elected FIFA executive committee member were still in custody Friday as the votes were counted. Still, soccer leaders worldwide stayed loyal to their embattled president of 17 years, even though Prince Ali pushed the election to a second round by getting a surprising 73 votes. Before the second round started, Prince Ali stood and before the congress and conceded. Blatter has blamed others for bringing shame and humiliation on the sport. In a pre-election address to voters on Friday, Blatter said it was “impossible” for him and FIFA to “keep an eye” on everyone and be responsible for everything that happened in world soccer. Blatter won despite calls for his resignation from UEFA president Michel Platini and others. Platini said Thursday that UEFA could pull out of FIFA and withdraw from the World Cup if Blatter was re-elected. FIFA’s big-money sponsors have also called for change within FIFA. Visa warned Thursday that it could pull out of its contract, which is worth at least $25 million a year through 2022. The defeated 39-year-old prince was a FIFA vice-president for the past four years with a close-up view of Blatter’s previous scandal-hit mandate. Blatter was re-elected unopposed in 2011 after promising to fight corruption and support key investigations of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests and a bribery scandal which removed his Qatari opponent from the presidential ballot. Those probes were conducted in-house by FIFA’s own judicial bodies. The latest investigations promise deeper trouble for FIFA with federal law enforcement agencies delving into soccer’s affairs. Raids on FIFA’s favourite luxury downtown Zurich hotel and its own headquarters were launched early Wednesday by Swiss police. Senior FIFA officials were among seven men arrested at the request of American federal prosecutors investigating bribery, money-laundering and wire fraud. The 2018 and 2022 World Cups — awarded to Russia and Qatar, respectively — are the focus of a separate Swiss federal probe of suspected financial wrongdoing. Last November, Blatter and FIFA filed a criminal complaint with the Swiss attorney general’s office against non-Swiss nationals. Norway: Two-thirds negative to child marrying a Muslim – The Local Sepp Blatter Re-elected as FIFA President – NY Times Kenyan man pleads guilty in US to supporting terrorist groups – Capital News 85 ‘radicalized’ Kenyan youth surrender – AA Djibouti to source 100% of its energy from renewables by 2020 – climateaction Danes talk tough on immigration ahead of election – AFP Senators want Obama to address Kenyan Parliament – Daily Nation Obama dad’s grave to get Sh1m facelift – The Star President cancels Nigeria trip after delegation scandal – Daily Nation Shift to training regional forces as Somali piracy decreases – Defenceweb From Eritrean child soldier to Swedish parliamentarian – Aljazeera Aussie Citizenship Law Draws Muslim Ire – onislam Somalia May Pay 90% of Oil Revenue to Explorer Under Draft Deal – Bloomberg How The World’s Largest Refugee Camp Remade A Generation Of Somalis – npr Nearly 60% of Americans back drone strikes overseas – AFP Doctors Without Borders Pulls Staff From Dadaab Refugee Camp, Citing Al Shabab Concerns – IBtimes Sponsors threaten to blow whistle on $1.6bn deals – independentie Post your comments HomeEmail

ZURICH – Sepp Blatter was re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term on Friday,…