Sepp Blatter has been re-elected, but a global Cup boycott would be devastating for the betting industry.
Sepp Blatter, the controversial head of FIFA, has been re-elected as president regarding the world soccer body that is governing.
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.
Rather, he received endorsement from 133 of 209 FIFA member delegates at the organization’s annual meeting that is general Zurich and will continue to preside over globe football for his fifth tenure.
His challenger, Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan, withdrew after the first round of voting.
‘ For the next four years I shall be in command of this watercraft called FIFA. Beach soccer are going to be played everywhere,’ crowed the Swiss that is 79-old titters from the press bench. ‘Let’s go FIFA, Let’s go FIFA. Thank you.’
Blatter denied obligation for last days arrests, the result of a 47-count indictment filed in federal court in Brooklyn against 14 people, accused, variously, of racketeering, cable fraudulence and cash laundering conspiracy.
FIFA officials are accused of accepting bribes worth over $150 million in return for providing lucrative World Cup media and advertising liberties to different companies and national football associations.
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