The corruption crisis engulfing FIFA failed to topple Sepp Blatter on Friday as he was elected president for a fifth term.
The Swiss will continue to lead world football’s governing body into his eighties after winning by a majority of 133 to 73 in the first round of the vote at the FIFA Congress in Zurich.
Blatter was just seven short of a majority and his opponent, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein decided to withdraw before the second round.
Despite 73 member associations throwing their support behind Blatter’s sole opponent, there will be no change at the top of the embattled organisation.
It means Blatter, 79, will remain at the helm as authorities in the United States lead an investigation into endemic racketeering, bribery and money laundering involving leading FIFA officials going back decades.
The result also significantly increases the prospect of European nations boycotting future World Cups, as mooted by president Michel Platini on Thursday.