SeppBlatter won re-election for an unprecedented fifth term as FIFA president on Friday after challenger Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan conceded following the first round of voting.At FIFA’s 65th congress in Zurich, 209 member nations cast their votes and the 79-year-old Blatter garnered 133 votes to Prince Ali’s 73 but fell seven votes.
Prince Ali addressed the voting members and withdrew from the race: “I just wanted to thank all of you. It’s been a wonderful journey in terms of knowing you, working with you, seeing the challenges you have. And I want to thank in particular all of those of you who were brave enough to support me,” Ali said. “But having said that, I’ll be withdrawing from the race. So thank you all very much and I wish you the best of luck for the future.”
Blaterwas an active footballer as well from 1948 to 1971. He played for the top Swiss Amateur League. Since 1975, SeppBlatter has been working for FIFA; first as technical director (1975–1981), then general secretary (1981–1998) before his election as FIFA president in 1998. His salary as FIFA president has never been disclosed, but it is estimated that £100 million a year is paid out to executives in personal expenses and also that FIFA’s revenue is approximately around £3.7 billion. He was re-elected as president in 2002, 2007, 2011, and 2015.
Following the vote, the returned FIFA president has given a truly bizarre re-election speech. At one point, a triumphant Blatter refers to himself as the “president of everybody”. It sounds a bit out of place as sport fans everywhere wonder how the man who presided over a major corruption scandal managed to keep his job.
After thanking those who voted for him and congratulating his vanquished opponent Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, a clearly pleased Blatterexpressed his delight with an analogy:”I will be in command of this boat called FIFA. And we will bring it back, we will bring it back offshore and bring it back to the beach. We will bring it back where finally football can be played, beach soccer can be played anywhere. But we have to work on that.”
“I like you, I like my job. I am not perfect. Nobody is perfect, but we will do a good job together I am sure. So I thank you so much, I thank you for the trust and confidence. Trust and confidence, together we go. Let’s go FIFA!” closed the president.