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'Is it a joke?': Ginola can't believe Blatter's re-election

Former Newcastle and Spurs midfielder David Ginola told ITV News he cannot believe Sepp Blatter has been re-elected as Fifa president asking, "Is it a joke?"

David Ginola speaks to ITV News about Sepp Blatter's reappointment. Credit: ITV News

Ginola, who had hoped to run against Blatter for the role, compared watching his re-election to "watching a very bad reality TV show".

"I don't know what we're talking about. I saw people standing in the audience applauding, I mean is it a joke?" he asked.

Cameron's mission to reform EU given boost by Merkel

David Cameron's mission to reform the EU treaty was given a significant boost today, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "Where there is a will, there is a way".

The Prime Minister was in Germany for the latest part of his European charm offensive - though earlier in the day, in Poland, his views were not so well received.

Leaders in Poland are upset by plans to curb benefits for foreign workers.

ITV News Europe Editor James Mates reports:

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Corfu tragedy mum: Thomas Cook ex-CEO has 'no humanity'

The mother of two children who died of carbon monoxide poisoning while on a Thomas Cook holiday in 2006 has accused the company's former boss of failing to show any "humanity".

Sharon Wood said Harriet Green has still not spoken to the family, and accused the ex-chief executive of trying to "offload" her guilt by donating a third of her shares to charity, and said it was "abhorrent" to use her children's deaths as a way to provoke public sympathy.

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Blatter chants 'let's go' as he is re-elected Fifa President

Sepp Blatter has been re-elected President of Fifa for a fifth term despite the corruption scandal that has engulfed football's International governing body.

Mr Blatter won the election despite failing to secure enough votes in the first round to avoid a second run-off, after his challenger Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein conceded.

In his victory speech, Mr Blatter chanted: "Let's go Fifa, let's go Fifa," to a standing ovation from delegates.

Greg Dyke on Fifa: This isn't over by any means

"This isn't over by any means," FA chairman Greg Dyke said after Sepp Blatter was re-elected as Fifa's president.

"The events of this week are so traumatic for Fifa that I cannot see Fifa reforming itself under Blatter - he's had 16 years to reform it, he hasn't done it," Dyke said.

But Dyke reiterated that England would not withdraw from any World Cup "on its own".

"That would be ridiculous. There will be discussions I think in Fifa about this result and what Fifa should do next, but it won't be England alone," he added.

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Blatter: Nobody is perfect, but we will do a good job together

Returned Fifa president Sepp Blatter has thanked the footballing body for supporting him - and admitted he was "not perfect".

Taking to the stage to a round of applause, Blatter - who won the election by default after opponent Prince Ali pulled out - said he was delighted to back behind the helm of the "boat called Fifa", but hinted this would be his last term.

Credit: FIFA TV

He said he realised there was work to do to "bring it back", including "organisational problems" within the body, including bringing more women onto the board.

He also hinted that this would be his final spell in charge, declaring he wanted to give a "robust and good" Fifa to whoever succeeds him as president at the end of this term.

I told you all at the beginning, I like you. I like my job. I like to be with you. I am not perfect - nobody is perfect. But we will do a good job together I am sure.

I thank you so much for the trust and confidence - together we go, let's go Fifa.

– Sepp Blatter

Prince Ali thanks those who voted for him as he leaves race

Prince Ali Bin al Hussein has withdrawn from the race for Fifa president after voting went to a second round.

"It's been a wonderful journey in terms of knowing you, working with you, seeing the challenges you have," Prince Ali told delegates at the Fifa Congress.

Credit: Fifa TV

"And I want to thank in particular all of those who were brave enough to support me. But having said that, I'll be withdrawing from the race," he added.

Blatter takes more votes in first round of Fifa election

Sepp Blatter has taken more votes than his rival Prince Ali Bin al Hussein in the first round of the Fifa presidential vote.

Sepp Blatter received more votes in the first round of the Fifa presidential vote. Credit: PA Wire

Blatter received 133 votes to Prince Ali's 73, which means the election now goes to a second round.

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