What does Sepp Blatter's re-election as Fifa president mean for football?

The format of the World Cup will not be changed under Blatter, as it would have under his challenger

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What does Sepp Blatter's re-election as FIFA president mean for football? Here Press Association Sport's Martyn Ziegler briefly assesses what a victory for the 79-year-old Swiss means for football.

:: The position of Russia and Qatar as hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will be protected despite the ongoing investigation.

:: The World Cup final will remain a 32-team tournament - Prince Ali had promised to increase the tournament to 36 spots.

:: There is a threat that the number of World Cup places for European nations will be cut.

:: A period of real instability in football could ensue, with serious divisions between FIFA and the European governing body, UEFA.

:: England will not bid for a World Cup while Blatter remains as FIFA president.

:: European nations are unlikely to boycott FIFA tournaments - however, they may take action to snub FIFA committees and events.

:: We can look forward to more 'handshakes for peace'.

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