FIFA president re-elected despite corruption probe

Sepp Blatter won a fifth term as president of the Federation Internationale de Football Association, or FIFA, on Friday, at the end of a week of major developments in separate Swiss and American investigations into widespread corruption in the soccer world.

Jordan’s Prince Ali bin al-Hussein conceded defeat after FIFA members voted 133-73 in favor of Blatter in the first round.

“I find that the time I have spent at FIFA is very short,” Blatter, who joined FIFA in 1975, said before the vote. “The more one ages the more time flies by quickly. I am with you, and I would like to stay with you.”

The election moved forward despite the U.S. indictment of 14 people and corporate entities charged with racketeering, wire fraud and money-laundering. The indictment, unsealed on Wednesday, alleged that top FIFA officials and others engaged in bribes to obtain media and marketing rights to international soccer tournaments.

The 2018 World Cup in Russia and 2022 World Cup in Qatar are the focus of a separate Swiss investigation into suspected financial wrongdoing.

PBS NewsHour co-anchor Gwen Ifill talks to Matt Apuzzo of The New York Times and Jeremy Schaap of ESPN about the latest developments on Wednesday’s broadcast.