What Scandal? FIFA President Wins Re-Election

Sepp Blatter remains in charge of the soccer body
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2015 12:40 PM CDT
FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks during the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich today.   (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)

(Newser) – He's not called "one of the most powerful people in sports" for nothing: FIFA has re-elected longtime president Sepp Blatter to another term despite a massive corruption scandal that has resulted in the arrests of several top aides, reports the AP. The 79-year-old didn't win on the first ballot in Zurich, but his challenger conceded ahead of the runoff because he was on track toward certain defeat. Blatter has led the world soccer body since 1998.

"We don't need revolutions but we always need evolutions," he told the group's congress before the vote, reports Bloomberg. "I am being held accountable for the current storm. So be it, I will shoulder that responsibility. I will fix FIFA together with you. We need to recover our good name and we'll start tomorrow morning." Click for background on the scandal.

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