FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter yesterday was re-elected FIFA President. He will serve another term until 2015. His re-election was at the 61st FIFA Congress, held in Zurich. A clear majority of 186 member associations voted in favour of the incumbent president, who will remain at the head of world football’s governing body for the next four years. In total, 203 ballots were cast in an election conducted by secret ballot.
President Blatter thanked the delegates for placing their trust in him. “I am honoured to accept the 61st FIFA Congress’s mandate to serve as president during the 2011-2015 period. Together we can tackle the problems that football faces today and show that our game remains very solid and strong,” he said.
He spoke about the need for transparency and “zero tolerance” in the fight against the dangers that threaten football. The member associations approved his proposal that the Congress will have the final vote to decide on the host of the FIFA World Cup and will have the power to elect the members of the FIFA Ethics Committee. The Congress also approved another proposal made by President Blatter: the creation of a corporate governance and compliance committee composed of respected personalities from the football family, and possibly from other areas outside football, which will have the duty to investigate and suggest solutions to the problems they identify.