FIFA Re-Elects Blatter Despite Corruption Scandal

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Sepp Blatter won a fifth term as FIFA president, while people around the world called for him to resign. The soccer organization has been rocked this week by arrests and corruption charges.

Sepp Blatter đã thắng cử chủ tịch FIFA lần thứ 5, trong khi người dân trên khắp thế giới kêu gọi ông từ chức. Trong tuần này, FIFA đã bị rung chuyển bởi các vụ bắt giữ và cáo buộc tham nhũng.

The 65th FIFA annual congress took place in Zurich, Switzerland. It is the same city where U.S. and Swiss authorities arrested senior FIFA officials at their luxury hotel two days ago.

Đại hội thường niên lần thứ 65 của FIFA đã diễn ra tại Zurich, Thụy Sĩ. Đây cũng là nơi mà Mỹ và chính quyền Thụy Sĩ bắt giữ các quan chức cấp cao của FIFA tại một khách sạn sang trọng cách đây hai ngày.

The voting went beyond the first round before Mr. Blatter’s only opponent, Prince Ali bin al Hussein of Jordan, gave up and said Mr. Blatter had won. The U.S. and European organizations backed Prince Ali and had called for change at the top of FIFA.

Cuộc bầu cử đã qua vòng đầu tiên trước khi đối thủ duy nhất của ông Blatter, Hoàng tử Ali bin al Hussein của Jordan,bỏ cuộc và nói rằng ông Blatter đã giành chiến thắng. Các tổ chức của Mỹ và châu Âu ủng hộ Hoàng tử Ali và kêu gọi sự thay đổi bộ phận lãnh đạo của FIFA.

The 79-year-old Mr. Blatter has been the leader of FIFA since 1998. Several current vice-presidents under Mr. Blatter are among the 14 officials charged with corruption. The U.S. government says the crimes date back 24 years. Mr. Blatter says he did not do anything wrong, and he has not been charged with any crimes.

Ông Blatter 79 tuổi đã lãnh đạo FIFA từ năm 1998. Một vài phó chủ tịch dưới quyền ông Blatter đang nằm trong số 14 quan chức bị buộc tội tham nhũng. Chính phủ Mỹ nói rằng những tội này đã bắt đầu từ 24 năm trước. Ông Blatter nói rằng ông đã không làm gì sai cả, và ông không có liên quan đến bất kỳ tội nào.

After winning the vote, Mr. Blatter said, “I am not perfect, nobody is perfect.” He added that he “takes the responsibility to bring back FIFA.”

Calls for Blatter to step down

In Berlin before the vote, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron called for Mr. Blatter to step down, saying “the sooner that happens the better.” Mr. Cameron said, “you cannot have accusations of corruption at this level and on this scale in this organization and pretend that the person currently leading it is the right person to take it forward.”

Two major European football associations also had called on Mr. Blatter to resign before Friday’s election. But he refused to do so. Instead, Mr. Blatter called for unity among the FIFA members and he promised to work to overcome the group’s problems if he is re-elected.

Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the U.S. corruption case. In televised comments he said that the case is an attempt by the U.S. to spread its legal control to other countries. American law says that if some part of the crime took place in the United States, then U.S. officials can arrest foreign citizens involved in those crimes.

Mr. Putin also said it was an “obvious attempt” by the U.S. to prevent Mr. Blatter’s reelection as FIFA president. Russia supports Mr. Blatter as head of FIFA.

More investigations on FIFA ahead

The U.S. Justice Department charged 14 people with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering, among other offenses. All of these crimes, officials say go back to 1991. The defendants are alleged to have paid well over $150 million in bribes and kickbacks. They made those payments so they could get media and marketing rights to international soccer tournaments.
In addition to the U.S. case, Swiss authorities are conducting a separate investigation. They are looking into charges connected to the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Germany’s Justice Minister Heiko Maas spoke to the German daily Bild on Friday. He said those World Cup decisions can’t stand if it turns out that votes were bought. Qatar said its bid for the World Cup was done with “integrity.”

Britain’s Serious Fraud Office said Friday it is examining information about possible corruption at FIFA. But it has not begun a formal criminal investigation. The United Nations is reviewing its partnerships with FIFA following the corruption reports, a U.N. spokesman said Thursday.

Businesses to review sponsorships

Meanwhile, business sponsors are saying they might pull their support of the soccer organization. The credit card company Visa issued a statement expressing “profound” disappointment. Without reforms, Visa said, the company would look at its sponsorship of FIFA.

Coca-Cola said it has repeatedly expressed concerns about the allegations. It said it expects FIFA to thoroughly examine the issues. Adidas called on the soccer organization to “follow transparent compliance standards in everything they do.” Budweiser and McDonald’s also are reconsidering their sponsorships.
I’m Anne Ball.