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Sepp Blatter Swiss wins FIFA presidential election

The Swiss was announced winner just after the first round of voting after his sole challenger, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein pulled out of the race

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  play Four more years for Sepp Blatter (Daily Mirror)

Sepp Blatter will remain as president of FIFA for four more years after winning Friday's election.

The Swiss was announced winner just after the first round of voting after his sole challenger, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein pulled out of the race.

Blatter was leading (133 votes) Prince Ali (73 votes) before the Jordan Prince announced his withdrawal from the race.

"I would like to give confidence and express my gratitude to his royal highness Prince Ali," Blatter said.

"Because Prince Ali was a competitor, a challenger and he has obtained a very good result and he, in a certain situation, easily could have said 'no, let's go further, perhaps I will receive more votes.

"On the other hand, thank you for the next four years. I will command FIFA. I will bring it back to the beach from offshore, we can play everywhere but we have to work on that."

UEFA President, Michel Platini had threatened that his association will be pulling out of FIFA competition if Blatter wins, but the Swiss says he will bring UEFA back.

"I take the responsibility to bring back FIFA. I'm convinced we can do it," Blatter said.

"I am a faithful man, God, Allah or whatever it is, the spirit, will help us bring back FIFA to where it should be.

"I am not perfect. Nobody is perfect.

"I thank you so much for the confidence, together we go. Let's go FIFA! Let's go FIFA!"

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