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Blatter wins fifth FIFA term as challenger concedes

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 01:27

Sepp Blatter is re-elected president of FIFA for a fifth term despite a major bribery scandal and growing calls for him to step down. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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His organization may be in turmoil, but FIFA's embattled president Sepp Blatter could no be kept down. NATS -- Blatter:"Let's go FIFA, let's go FIFA!" It was victory cry after a crucial vote for president. Facing off against Jordanian Prince Ali bin Al Hussein at FIFA's Congress in Zurich, Blatter had survived to win a fifth term: 133 to 73. Neither candidate got the two thirds needed to win the first round, but Prince Ali later conceded defeat. Blatter thanked voters for their trust. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RE-ELECTED FIFA PRESIDENT, SEPP BLATTER, SAYING: "I like you. I like my job and I like to be with you. I'm not perfect. Nobody's perfect, but we will do a good job together I'm sure." But not everyone shares Blatter's optimism. Just days ago U.S. authorities charged top FIFA figures and sports executives with corruption, and many fans think Blatter, while not accused himself, should have resigned. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MEDIA ANALYST, HONG LE, SAYING: ''It seems like he had all the support of the developing nations and it seems that's where the corruption was so widespread, so it wasn't really surprising.'' SOUNDBITE) (English) MEDIA ANALYST, ALEX CHAMPION, SAYING: ''If the leader of a political party found out that people below him were all corrupt, they wouldn't get away with it, there would be public uproar. They need a change.'' NATS --- Blatter: "We have the same president. I'm a happy man." Blatter may be happy now..but he faces what could be his toughest FIFA presidential term yet.

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Blatter wins fifth FIFA term as challenger concedes

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 01:27