Sepp Blatter was back to his usual confident self after being re-elected as FIFA president on Wednesday, looking almost as if the corruption scandals which have battered world soccer’s governing body had never happened, according to Eurosport.
Instead of fending off questions about cash-for-votes, a relaxed Blatter was contemplating the possibility that Henry Kissinger and Johan Cruyff might join his fight against corruption and that, for the first time, a woman could sit on the FIFA executive committee.
Positive and assured while switching between four different languages, it was hard to believe that only 72 hours earlier Blatter had been investigated, and cleared, by FIFA’s ethics committee over the presidential election campaign. “We have instruments needed to restart the credibility of FIFA,” the 75-year-old Swiss told reporters shortly after being re-elected unopposed for a fourth stint to confound his critics once again.
He admitted that FIFA had been given a “yellow card” after the most turbulent months of his 13-year reign, with four members of his executive committee being suspended over corruption allegations. These included Mohamed bin Hammam, the Asian Football Confederation head and due to face Blatter in the election until he was provisionally banned on Sunday, and Jack Warner, a long-term ally of Blatter and seen as one of FIFA’s most powerful men.