02 Jun '11, 4am

Re-elected FIFA president Blatter pledges change to World Cup vote system

ZURICH - Mr Sepp Blatter (picture) was re-elected as FIFA president yesterday after a major bribery scandal left him as the only candidate to deal with a sport reeling from a wave of corruption allegations. Mr Blatter, a 75-year-old Swiss executive who has been in office since 1998, was handed a final four-year term as head of football's governing body in a vote at FIFA's congress. He won 186 out of 203 votes. The election went ahead after England's call for a postponement of Mr Blatter's unopposed "coronation" amid the ethics crisis was overwhelmingly rejected by the delegates. Hours earlier, Mr Blatter promised fundamental reform to tackle the scandals and vowed to let the 208 national federations choose the host of future World Cups instead of the 24-man executive committee. The re-election completed a frantic week for Mr Blatter, who strained under the weight of accusa...

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