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

Martyn Ziegler
Friday 29 May 2015 19:50
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The World Cup trophy
The World Cup trophy

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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