(Reuters) – Sepp Blatter was re-elected unopposed as FIFA president on Wednesday, promising to use his final term to radically reform soccer’s ailing world governing body.
Blatter won the backing of 186 of the 203 voting delegates after brushing aside a late challenge when federations agreed to let the election go ahead despite the lack of a rival and a series of scandals that have damaged the organization’s credibility.
Blatter, the incumbent president, has led FIFA since 1998. His previous challenger, Qatari national Mohamed bin Hammam, dropped out of the race on Sunday morning. Hours later, the world soccer body suspended Hammam from his duties, as it investigates possible corruption charges.
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