Mr. Sepp Blatter has regained the office of the presidency of FIFA for yet another four years, as his leadership at June 1, was unopposed. His lone opponent, Mr. Mohamed Bin Hammam withdrew his candidature for the post after being accused of corruption, linked to the presidential election.

A majority of 186 member associations voted in favour of the incumbent president, who will remain at the head of world football's governing body. 203 ballots were cast in an election conducted by secret ballot.

Blatter has promised to use his final four-year term for radical reform of a sport which has been struck by a "tsunami" from bribery and corruption allegations.

"Is it correct that the World Cup is awarded by the Executive Committee? In the future, World Cups will be awarded by the 208 members of the congress," he stated.

"I thought the football could make a difference thanks to the game's values of respect, fair play and discipline. But this does not seem to be the case; the footballing pyramid is shaking on its very foundations. However, football must be protected because it belongs to the fans, to the players and not to entities. The game belongs to everyone." he added.