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Blatter set to win new term despite FIFA scandal

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 01:10

World soccer boss Sepp Blatter is expected to be re-elected to a fifth term as FIFA president, despite growing calls for him to step down amid a corruption scandal. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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With FIFA's reputation in tatters, Sepp Blatter arrived at the the organization's Congress in Zurich this morning, his future as president in the hands of FIFA's voting members. He's expected to win a fifth term -- against challenger, Jordanian Prince Ali bin Al Hussein -- despite growing calls for him to step down. The vote comes amid FIFA's biggest crisis yet , with U.S. authorities charging top FIFA figures and sports executives with corruption 14 individuals have been charged with racketeering, wirefraud and money laundering conspiracies that date back two decades. It's alleged they accepted bribes worth more than 150 million dollars. Switzerland says it's also investigating the bidding process for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 event in Qatar. Blatter has sought to distance himself from the scandal -- and is urging greater transparency in world soccer. While he hasn'tr been charged, it's up to FIFA voters to decide if he's still up to the job.

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Blatter set to win new term despite FIFA scandal

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 01:10