FIFA President Sepp Blatter wins 5th term amid corruption scandal

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter won a 5th term after his challenger Prince Ali bin al-Hussien of Jordan conceded during the second round of voting.  

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This all comes in the midst of the corruption scandal leading to the arrest of 14 FIFA employees (9 officials, 5 executives) this past Wednesday in Zurich, Switzerland.

Although Blatter was widely expected to win, the U.S. said they were going to vote for Prince Ali because Blatter failed to keep track of what was going on below him.

Blatter contends he cannot keep track of every employee. However, on the heels of his reelection, accountability throughout the federation will quickly move to the forefront.

Blatter told delegates in Zurich, “I’m not perfect, nobody is perfect, but we will do a good job together I’m sure.” 

It will be interesting to see how FIFA responds with Blatter at the helm even though many countries, including the United States, believe he should have stepped away from the position. 

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