1 Jun 2011

Who’s who in Sepp Blatter’s circle of power?

As scandal-hit Sepp Blatter wins another four years as FIFA President, Channel 4 News maps his circle of power, controversial presidency, and the key figures facing allegations of corruption.

Sepp Blatter's circle of power.

Sepp Blatter, the 75-year-old Swiss who has run FIFA since 1998, received 186 out of the 203 votes cast.

In his acceptance speech he said: “I’m happy that we were able to bring this solidarity, this unity into FIFA, allowing us to move forward with a positive standpoint.”

He added: “I’m deeply moved, I’m honoured.”

Sepp Blatter: 13 controversial years at the top
Blatter wins the top job after a bitterly contested election against favourite Lennart Johansson
Blatter tries to suppress David Yallop's book How They Stole the Game, which alleged that 20 leading figures in world football accepted $1m in bribes from a Middle Eastern state to 'fix'Blatter’s election as FIFA president.
Farah Addo, Vice President of the African Football Confederation (CAF) claims he was offered $100,000 to vote for Blatter's election as President. Although he claims he refused the bribe, Addo alleged that: "Eighteen African voters accepted bribes to vote for Blatter".
FIFA General Secretary Michel Zen-Ruffinen submits a 30-page "bombshell" detailing alleged malpractices; claiming Blatter’s 1998 victory was based on bribery and corruption and accusing Blatter of mismanaging FIFA’s finances.
Eleven members of FIFA's executive committee drop a criminal complaint against Blatter which alleged the misuse of funds.
Blatter chided for suggesting women players should wear tighter shorts. "Let the women play in more feminine clothes like they do in volleyball," he said. "They could, for example, have tighter shorts.
Blatter is re-elected unopposed for another four years, backed by 66 of 207 FIFA members.
Blatter cuts an unofficial deal with UEFA head Michel Platini to ensure that the 2018 World Cup goes to Europe; and leave other would-be hosts to battle for the 2022 tournament.
2011 Ethics committee clears Blatter of turning a blind eye to the alleged bribing scandal.