Sepp Blatter Re-Elected as FIFA President
Despite the recent controversy surrounding the arrests of top FIFA officials, Sepp Blatter has been re-elected as president of football's governing body.
Only Prince Ali of Jordan could stand in the way of Blatter earning his fifth term as leader of FIFA, but after withdrawing from the race prior to a second round of voting, Blatter was given the nod to continue his presidency.
Ali only received 73 votes during the first round of voting, and alrthough it wasn't enough to give Blatter the majority that he needed, the Jordan candidate chose to withdraw before second round voting could begin.
Blatter has been at the top of the organization since being elected as FIFA's eighth president back in 1998. In his post-election speech, he stated that he would stand down as president in 2019.
While there are currently no indications that Blatter is involved in the ongoing investigations surrounding corruption and racketeering by past and present FIFA officials, he has been the subject of much scrutiny over the years due to his controversial actions as leader of the world's most popular sport.
When asked about any possible involvement in the allegations made against the arrested FIFA officials, Blatter denied any wrong-doing and in his speech before voters expressed his desire to fix FIFA.
As expected, today's FIFA Congress proceedings got off to a shaky start after a protester interrupted the action, and then things got even more strange after an anonymous bomb threat was reported at the venue in Zurich.
But once the legislation continued, all eyes were on the presidential race, with many already certain that Blatter would remain in office.
Now the football world will await the aftermath of Blatter's re-election, which is sure to bring about even more controversy going forward given the recent turn of events.
UEFA has gone as far as saying that it would consider boycotting all FIFA events, which would include the World Cup, should Blatter stay on as FIFA president. Sponsors of the organization have also vowed to continue monitoring the entire situation surrounding FIFA in order to gauge the future of their partnerships.
Football's governing body has also stated that although information has surfaced regarding corruption in awarding the 2018 FIFA World Cup to Russia and the 2022 FIFA World Cup to Qatar, there will be no-revote on the locations of those tournaments. With Blatter staying at the helm, it doesn't appear that will change.
There will certainly be plenty to digest for everyone involved with FIFA and all of its fans as Blatter's new term begins with a major storm rocking the sport.