Sepp Blatter has secured a fifth and final term as FIFA President after beating his main rival, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, who withdrew from the race after forcing Blatter to a second round of election.
Blatter won the much-anticipated presidential election on Friday at the body’s 65th Congress in Zurich.
Blatter polled 133 votes to Prince Ali’s 73, which would have been enough to take the contest to a potential second round but his 39-year-old challenger withdrew.
Blatter thanked the voters for re-electing him, saying: “You have accepted me for the next 4 years. I will be in command of this boat of FIFA. We will bring it back of shore,”
“I am a faithful man, God, Allah or whatever it is, the spirit, will help us bring back FIFA to where it should be,” Blatter continued, according to AS English
He ended his acceptance speech with a concession to his critics. “I’m not perfect, but we will do a good job together. I thank you for trust and confidence. Together we go. Let’s go FIFA!” Blatter said, according to Huffington Post Sports.