Amid more controversy, Sepp Blatter will serve his fifth term as FIFA president after challenger Prince Ali bin al-Hussein withdrew his name from consideration following the first round of voting.
To be elected, one must receive two-thirds of the vote. Blatter received 133 votes in the first round, but that number was seven votes shy of that mark.
The next round would’ve been decided by majority vote, but Prince Ali removed his name before that could happen.
Blatter has run soccer’s governing body since 1998. He’s looked at as one of the most powerful people in sports in the world. Despite several controversies under Blatter’s watch, including bribery, corruption and match-fixing, Blatter’s reign has gone largely unchallenged. He ran unopposed the last two elections.
The election took place just miles from the hotel where 14 FIFA officials were arrested for the alleged involvement in a bribery scheme of over $150 million for the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup’s to Russia and Qatar.