Blatter's election not the end, FA chairman vows

Blatter's election not the end, FA chairman vows

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke vowed to continue the opposition to Sepp Blatter after the FIFA president was re-elected for a fifth term in office.

Dyke claimed Blatter had been given “a bloody nose” in the contest with Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan and that he would be surprised to see him still in power in two years’ time.

Blatter saw off the challenge from Prince Ali despite a week which saw seven FIFA officials arrested and 18 people connected to football indicted on corruption charges by the US justice department.

Blatter won the first round by 133 votes to 73 and, after Prince Ali decided to withdraw ahead of the second round, the 79-year-old Swiss was installed as FIFA president for another four years.

Blatter's election not the end, FA chairman vows

Dyke said: “This is not over by any means. To quote the Attorney General this is the beginning of the process, not the end.

“The idea Blatter could reform FIFA is suspect. I’d be very surprised if he was still in this job in two years’ time.

“That was a bloody nose for him. It may not have been devastation but he never looked comfortable the whole time.

“It was as though ’you might win this one, but you might not win the whole thing’.

“That was a good result for Prince Ali, who had more than a third of the people in FIFA saying to Blatter ’we don’t want you’ – and given the powers of patronage that’s a good result.”

Blatter's election not the end, FA chairman vows

UEFA president Michel Platini reiterated his desire for change within FIFA, while congratulating 39-year-old Prince Ali for his “admirable campaign”.

The Frenchman said: “I am proud that UEFA has defended and supported a movement for change at FIFA, change which in my opinion is crucial if this organisation is to regain its credibility.”

Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan said: “We are disappointed but unsurprised by today’s election result and will consult with UEFA to consider our collective position in order to achieve the essential governance changes required within FIFA.”

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