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FIFA elects president at 65th FIFA Congress

May 29, 2015 - SWITZERLAND

Sepp Blatter stands for a fifth consecutive term as president of football's governing body FIFA.

The 64th FIFA Congress on Jun 12, 2014, concluded with a veto of crucial term limits and age limits for FIFA officials, which paved the way for 78-year-old Blatter to pursue a new term.

Blatter's only challenger is now Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein of Jordan; Dutch Football Association president Michael van Praag and former Portugal international Luís Figo have withdrawn as did former French captain Jerome Champagne after failing to obtain qualifying support. All three challengers are campaigning on a reforming program at a time when the association is emerging from a bribery scandal.

An 18-month investigation cleared Russia and Qatar of wrongdoing during the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 competitions.

Fifa report into alleged corruption clears Qatar to host 2022 World Cup (Guardian 13 Nov 2014)

In FIFA Politics, Blatter Is the Consummate Player (NYT 1 Oct 2013)

Sepp Blatter clear to stand for fifth term as Fifa president after limits rejected (Guardian 11 Jun 2014)

Infographic: FIFA presidential election is two-horse race (Graphic News)

Date written/update: 2015-04-16