Sepp Blatter re-elected unopposed as Fifa president

The Swiss was the only candidate in the Fifa secret ballot after Mohamed Bin Hammam's suspension from football activities

Fifa president Sepp Blatter was re-elected for a fourth term of office on Wednesday amidst days and weeks of controversy within the world’s football governing body.

The Swiss stood unopposed as his sole opponent - Asian Football Confederation president Mohammad Bin Hammam - and Fifa vice president Jack Warner were suspended by the Fifa ethics committee after allegations by American Fifa executive Chuck Blazer of bribery and corruption.

Blatter was also at the centre of the bribery and corruption allegations but was cleared by the ethics committee.

"I thank you for your confidence and thank you from the bottom of my heart," said Blatter immediately after the announcement of his success.

"We will have four years, provide the lord gives me life, the energy and the force to continue on our path, to continue our job.

"I am happy that we were able to bring today, once again this solidarity, this unity that allows us sufficient coverage but also with a positive standpoint to move forward."
Blatter went on to reiterate his desire to steer Fifa from troubled waters, a reference he had also made in his address to the congress earlier in the day.

"We will put Fifa’s ship back on the right course on clear and transparent waters, we will need some time, we cannot do it from one day to the next it, but we shall do it.

"Our pyramid is intact, it is there where it is supposed to be, it is strong.

"The basis, the foundation of this pyramid is solid and just as solid as our game, our passionate game throughout the world.

"I would simply like to tell you that I am deeply moved and honoured and I thank you but at the same time it’s a new challenge and I accept it and I am with you and together, we shall do it, in the future let’s go together.

"Something marvellous has happened today in this unity, we shall make it.

"Give us some tim,e lots of coverage, lots of energy and lots of trust and confidence. That is the important thing and solidarity."

The football associations of England and Scotland had both tried to urge other delegates present in Zurich for the annual Fifa congress to postpone the elections and called for an independent inquiry into the corruption allegations that have plagued world football's governing body.

The German FA wanted an inquiry into the voting process of Qatar 2022 where Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke had suggested that Qatar had “bought” the World Cup in a Fifa email – but without the 75% of the electorate needed to postpone the event, the election took place.

A bizarre secret ballot of 206 of Fifa's 208 member associations then took place, even though Blatter was the only candidate to choose from. The only alternative option was to abstain from the vote, which the English FA expectedly did.

Earlier on Wednesday, FA chairman David Bernstein issued a statement to the Fifa congress urging representatives of each FA to abstain from the vote but the reaction was muted – with only 17 out of 208 agreeing to the postponement of the event.

It now means Blatter will continue being president until 2015.

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