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Blatter faces calls to step down despite re-election

Returning Fifa President Sepp Blatter faces mounting calls to step down after 18 people were arrested in police probes into allegations of kickbacks, bribes and ''rampant'' corruption.

While Blatter is not himself under suspicion of corruption, he may still be questioned by police as part of the US and Swiss investigations.

ITV News Correspondent Paul Davies reports on whether Blatter's image could be tarnished beyond repair:


Sepp Blatter sees off challenger amid crisis at Fifa

Sepp Blatter has been re-elected for a fifth term as Fifa president despite the crisis that has struck football's world governing body this week.

Blatter saw off the challenge from Prince Ali Bin al Hussein after seven Fifa officials were arrested in Zurich and 18 people connected to football were indicted on corruption charges by the US Justice Department.

He won the first election round by 133 votes to 73 and, after Prince Ali decided to withdraw of the race, Blatter was installed as Fifa president for another four years.

ITV News Sports Editor Steve Scott reports:

Blatter: We will restore Fifa's credibility, starting tomorrow

Re-elected Fifa president Sepp Blatter has said he "takes responsibility" for allegations of corruption under his rule - but added he now wants to look to the future and "restore credibility" to the sporting body.

He said the congress which re-elected him was "difficult" because of a US prosecution which saw 14 people from the organisation indicted, and the subsequent media furore.

His plan to repair the damage to Fifa's reputation would begin tomorrow, he added.

We have to build a better image of Fifa, and I know how to do it.

I cannot disclose it now, but we will do it as from tomorrow morning. We have a meeting of the executive committee and they will listen to me.

They will receive some information or some messages, and some of them will be surprised.

– Sepp Blatter

Prince Ali: 'I hope opposition continues to grow'

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein has told reporters he hopes the number of members opposed to Fifa president Sepp Blatter grows to the point where "we have a real change in this organisation that desperately needs it."

Speaking after withdrawing from the presidential race, he added that he ran for the "brave 73" who stood against the Fifa chief.


Culture Secretary: Fifa result 'incredibly disappointing'

Culture Media and Sport Secretary John Whittingdale has called Sepp Blatter's reappointment as Fifa president "incredibly disappointing".

"When presented with overwhelming demands for change, many Fifa members still opted for the status quo - for a president who's overseen an organisation tainted with accusations of corruption," Whittingdale said.

Culture, Media and Sport Secretary John Whittingdale. Credit: PA/PA Wire

"A system designed to support the incumbent has returned a predictable result, but with its authority severely diminished," he continued

"The investigations taking place make it clear that Fifa needs to change, and change now. I hope the voices calling for this change within the football community can be successful and do not continue to find their efforts blocked and frustrated by vested interests."

Uefa president reiterates his desire for change at Fifa

Uefa president Michel Platini reiterated his desire for change within Fifa as he congratulated Prince Ali Bin al Hussein for his "admirable campaign".

Prince Ali Bin al Hussein (left) and Uefa President Michel Platini. Credit: Melanie Duchene / Zuma Press/PA Images

Platini, who said he had asked Blatter to resign as Fifa president before the election, 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."

"I congratulate my friend Prince Ali for his admirable campaign and I take the opportunity to thank all the national associations who supported him."

'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?"

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.

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