FIFA president, Mr Joseph S. Blatter, was re-elected for a fourth term of office until 2015 by the 61st FIFA Congress, held in Zurich. Standing without an opponent, Mr Blatter received 186 of the 203 votes cast by member associations in a secret ballot.
The FIFA president spoke about the need for transparency and “zero tolerance” in the fight against the dangers that threaten football. The member associations approved his proposal that the Congress will have the final vote to decide on the host of the FIFA World Cup and will have the power to elect the members of the FIFA Ethics Committee.
The Congress also approved another proposal made by Mr Blatter: the creation of a corporate governance and compliance committee composed of respected personalities from the football family, and possibly from other areas outside football, which will have the duty to investigate and suggest solutions to the problems they identify.
Mr Blatter concluded that, if required, an extraordinary congress would be convened in order to review the findings of this committee and restore FIFA’s credibility.