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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.

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.

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
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