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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Sepp Blatter beats Prince Ali to be named FIFA president for 5th term

Newly elected president Sepp Blatter speaks after Prince Ali withdraws from the second ballot.
ESPN FC senior writer Gab Marcotti explains how the FIFA election process will take place today.
ESPN's Jeremy Schaap discusses the culture of corruption in FIFA and how Sepp Blatter has been able to stay away from being held criminally libel.

Sepp Blatter won re-election for an unprecedented fifth term as FIFA president on Friday after challenger Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan conceded following the first round of voting.

At FIFA's 65th congress in Zurich, 209 member nations cast their votes and the 79-year-old Blatter garnered 133 votes to Prince Ali's 73 but fell seven votes shy of earning a two-third majority, forcing a second vote that would have required only a simple majority.

But at that point, Prince Ali addressed the...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

FIFA: Timeline of latest events as 14 indicted over corruption

A comprehensive review of all of the day's FIFA investigation storylines.

FIFA are in crisis amid corruption charges levelled by both the U.S. Department of Justice and the Swiss government at world football's governing body. Here is a timeline of the latest events as they happened -- all times in BST.

May 27, 6 a.m.: FIFA officials arrested on corruption charges

Swiss authorities arrested several top FIFA officials early on Tuesday morning when more than a dozen plain-clothes Swiss law enforcement officials arrived unannounced at Zurich's Baur au Lac hotel.

The charges...

Sepp Blatter is FIFA president, but don't assume business as usual

ESPN FC contributor Gab Marcotti assesses Blatter's continuing resilience at the helm of FIFA.

Sepp Blatter won re-election for an unprecedented fifth term as FIFA president on Friday after challenger Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan conceded following the first round of voting. What does it all mean? And can there be any hope for real reform in football? We asked Gabriele Marcotti to assess the election and what could happen next.


Q: So, another four years?

A: Yep.

Q: All the corruption, bad-mouthing, scandals at FIFA -- it doesn't occur to them to give somebody else a shot at running...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

IRS chief says more FIFA indictments likely to come - report

Newly elected Sepp Blatter addresses the FIFA congress after winning his fifth term as president.

The Department of Justice could have another round of indictments up their sleeve, according to a New York Times report on Friday.

Fourteen current and former FIFA officials and sports marketing executives have so far been indicted on corruption charges U.S. authorities handed out on Wednesday. And IRS chief in charge of criminal investigations, Richard Weber, told the paper that more are likely on the way.

"I'm fairly confident that we will have another round of indictments," he's quoted as saying.

The...

Aaron Davidson, Traffic Sports exec, pleads not guilty; raid in Argentina

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein reacts to his FIFA election defeat at the hands of Sepp Blatter.
Newly elected Sepp Blatter addresses the FIFA congress after winning his fifth term as president.

A sports marketing executive from Florida has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and other charges stemming from the FIFA corruption scandal.

Aaron Davidson entered the plea through his lawyer on Friday in federal court in Brooklyn. He's the first defendant to be arraigned in a U.S. court since the case was announced earlier this week.

Davidson was among 14 people named in racketeering indictment accusing soccer officials of accepting more than $150 million in bribes. Prosecutors say they took the...