Blatter repeats 2011 'ship' metaphor in 2015 victory speech at FIFA Congress

Ahram Online , Friday 29 May 2015

Sepp Blatter
Sepp Blatter gestures after his re-election during the 65th FIFA Congress (Photo: Reuters)

It was the same story when Sepp Blatter was elected unopposed as FIFA's president in 2011.

Back then, the Swiss said he would "put FIFA's ship back on the right course in clear, transparent waters."

"We need some time, we cannot do it overnight, but we will do it," he added at the time.

However, another four-year term was apparently not enough for Blatter to root out the problems plaguing FIFA. Instead, more and more allegations of corruption engulfed the world governing body.

On Wednesday, United States authorities accused top FIFA figures and sports executives of corruption, while Switzerland said it would investigate the award of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals to Russia and Qatar respectively.

The corruption allegations overshadowed Friday's elections, which Blatter won after his only challenger, Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, withdraw just before a second round of voting was due to begin.

Blatter won 133 votes and Prince Ali secured 73 in the first round.

The 79-year-old Swiss, who has been FIFA's head since 1998, vowed again to steady the ship, using almost a similar phrase of 2011.

"For the next four years I will take command of this ship called FIFA. We will bring it back to shore," he told delegates at the FIFA Congress in Zurich on Friday.

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