5:42 p.m. EDT) Former FIFA presidential candidate Luis Figo slammed Sepp Blatter's leadership again after his re-election on Friday and said the Swiss official ''can't remain in charge of world football.'' Figo dropped out of the race this month, denouncing FIFA as a dictatorship. After this week's arrests of senior FIFA officials, Figo said ''football is not guilty but is the governing body's leaders, who should regulate it, that have no integrity or honesty.'' The former Portugal great says ''Mr. Blatter knew and was aware of the acts of corruption, influence and racketeering or, if he did not know - as he says - it's because he has no skills to lead FIFA.
By Mike Collett and Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Sepp Blatter was re-elected president of FIFA for a fifth term on Friday after his only challenger conceded defeat in an election overshadowed by allegations of rampant corruption in world soccer. Blatter's victory came despite demands that he quit in the face of a major bribery scandal being investigated by U.S., Swiss and other law enforcement agencies that plunged soccer's governing body into the worst crisis in its 111-year history. Neither Blatter nor Jordanian opponent Prince Ali bin Al Hussein got the necessary two thirds of the ballot in the first round, with Blatter securing 133 votes against 73 for Prince Ali.
As Sepp Blatter was re-elected FIFA president on Friday he made almost exactly the same speech he did in 2011 about the need to pull together and root out corruption. Not only has FIFA failed to change its scandal-plagued image, it faces an even bigger credibility crisis after United States prosecutors unveiled the gory details of alleged corruption in soccer, some involving top FIFA officials. To complicate matters FIFA is also showing the first signs of a dangerous split in its ranks.
Within hours of the FIFA scandal breaking, Sergio Jadue, the president of Chile's soccer federation, was declaring his innocence even though he wasn't formally accused of anything. Jadue was referring to a part of Wednesday's sweeping U.S. Justice Department indictments that, without specifying them by name, said the 10 presidents of the South American Football Confederation were to receive bribes from a company called Datisa in exchange for transmission rights to games of the Copa America, the tournament of the continent's national teams. Jadue said $1.5 million was indeed transferred in late 2013 from the confederation, known as CONMEBOL, but it was an advance on a contract for Copa America.