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Shamoon Hafez and Phil Dawkes

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  1. Thank you and goodnight

    That is all from Sportsday for today. Thank you for following our coverage of the Fifa presidential election, which saw Sepp Blatter re-elected for a fifth term. You can find reaction to that news on the BBC News and Sport websites, with more to come throughout the evening.

    Sportsday will return on Monday at 08:00 BST. We'll see you then.

  2. 'This is not over...'

    Fifa presidential election

    More from FA chairman Greg Dyke: "This is not over by any means.

    "To quote the Attorney General this is the beginning of the process, not the end.

    "The idea Blatter could reform FIFA is suspect. I'd be very surprised if he was still in this job in two years time."

  3. 'This is the beginning, not the end'

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    Football Association chairman Greg Dyke on Sepp Blatter's re-election, talking to Sky News:

    "We think that's the impact of the events of this week, but this isn't over by any means. The events of this week were so dramatic for FIFA, but I cannot see FIFA reforming itself under Blatter. He's had 16 years to reform it but he hasn't done it.

    "England won't withdraw from anything on its own and you can be absolutely certain about that. That would be ridiculous. There will be discussions I think in FIFA about this result and what FIFA should do next but that won't be England alone."

    "This is the beginning not the end. I think there is a lot more of this to play out."

  4. Post update

    Fifa presidential election

    Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport presenter on Twitter

    "The only way this revolting organisation will change is if the major football federations walk out. It's time to grow a pair of footballs."

  5. Luis Figo reaction

    Fifa presidential election

    Former Portugal international Luis Figo, who pulled out of the race to succeed Sepp Blatter as Fifa president last week, has given his reaction to today's vote...

    "Today was another dark day in Zurich," began Figo. before going on to say, "Fifa has lost, but above everything, football has lost and everyone who truly cares about it has lost too.

    "Mr. Blatter had a very cynical reaction when he said that he couldn't control everyone. It offends everyone's intelligence. These persons, whom Mr. Blatter has promoted through years, turned, with him, Fifa in to a decadent organization.

    "If Mr. Blatter were minimally concerned about football, he would have given up of the re-election. If he has a minimal of decency, he will resign in the next few days."

  6. 'Thinking to be done'

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    Irish FA chief executive Patrick Nelson on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It's a little too early to be thinking about things like breaking from Fifa. Things are best dealt with in the cold light of day.

    "Anything could be on the table but it's a stretch to think about radical solutions at the moment. There's a lot of thinking to be done."

  7. Get involved at #bbcsportsday

    Fifa presidential election

    Wilbur: If the leading nations do not do something to spark major reform now then they deserve Fifa & Blatter.

    John Durham: My football craze has ended! This is the most corrupt sport now. Shocking Blatter got in. Fifa you're a disgrace.

    Ross Parker: I don't see the big fuss made over the Fifa arrests. Nothing has changed, Fifa are corrupt and Blatter carries on.

  8. Villa's road to the final

    FA Cup final

    Aston Villa

    As Aston Villa prepare to face Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday, BBC Sport looks back at the Villans' route to the final.

    Starting with a last-gasp win over Blackpool at Villa Park, Villa then beat Bournemouth, Leicester and West Brom before their surprise semi-final victory over Liverpool.

    Click here to view the video

  9. Top of the Pops

    FA Cup final


    To celebrate one of the most famous cup traditions, Top of the Pops 2 has gathered together a selection of the best FA Cup songs.

    Featuring Chas & Dave, Hot Stuff Arsenal, Status Quo and the unforgettable rapping talents of Liverpool's John Barnes.

    Click here to watch the video

  10. Get involved at #bbcsportsday

    Fifa presidential election

    Chris Ludlow: So, the inmates are still running the asylum. What a disgrace!

    Rory: Time for new organisation. Can't be just Euro - get Brazil Argentina USA Canada Australia + anyone willing & you have World Cup

    Viva F1: 'I will be in command of this boat called Fifa' by which I assume Blatter means he intends to go down with the sinking ship

  11. Former team-mates reunited

    FA Cup final

    Alan Shearer - Tim Sherwood

    Alan Shearer meets former Blackburn team-mate and Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood ahead of his side's appearance in the FA Cup final.

    Sherwood says he has definitely taken managerial attributes from former Blackburn boss Kenny Dalglish, and admits to sharing his fear of losing.

    Click here to watch the full interview

  12. Football

    FA Cup final

    The Fifa presidential election has dominated the agenda this afternoon, but let's not forget that the FA Cup final is taking place this Saturday. We have plenty of content on the game, to provide you with all you need to know ahead of Arsenal v Aston Villa at Wembley.

  13. 'Now I'm president of everybody'

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    After not talking for a bit, Sepp Blatter is talking again:

    "I like you, you brought me again into Fifa. All those that have voted for Prince Ali, I congratulate you - he is a good candidate.

    "But now I'm president of everybody. I am president of Fifa."

  14. Post update

    Fifa presidential election

    Sepp Blatter is enjoying himself now in the hall. He is continuing his address with extended closing words for the delegates. "I am now the president of everybody," he declares, perhaps over-estimating his remit. That probably didn't come across how he intended. "I am the president of Fifa," he clarifies before signing off and leaving the stage, not before sharing a brief chat and handshake with Uefa president Michel Platini. Thus ends the conference.

  15. 'I like you and I like my job'

    Fifa presidential election

    And finally, 79-year-old Sepp Blatter ends with these words of wisdom:

    "The age is no problem. Some people are 50 and look old.

    "I like you and I like my job and I would like to be with you. I am not perfect but we will do a good job together. Let's go Fifa, let's go Fifa!"

  16. 'I am a faithful man'

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    More from continuing Fifa president Sepp Blatter:

    "We have some organisational problems. We need women in this committee, we have to do more. I will not touch the World Cup, it is too important.

    "I take responsibility to bring back Fifa, with you we will do it, I am convinced.

    "I am a faithful man, now God, Allah or whoever we believe in, they will help us to bring back Fifa. I promise you at the end of my term I will give Fifa to my successor in a very strong position."

  17. 'I will be in command of this boat called Fifa'

    Fifa presidential election

    Sepp Blatter

    Sepp Blatter's victory speech:

    "First of all I would like to give compliments and express gratitude to Prince Ali. Because he was a challenger and he has obtained a very good result.

    "He could have said 'no, let's go further and perhaps I would have received more votes'.

    "But I thank you for accepting me for the next four years. I will be in command of this boat called Fifa and we will bring it back to shore."

  18. Get involved at #bbcsportsday

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    Rob Perry: Goodbye Fifa you've destroyed something beautiful. Time for Europe to sort it all out for you.

    Ralph Lifeway: Fifa is not only for the FA and Uefa. We acknowledge you are powerful but without you, Fifa can survive.

    David: Fifa is a joke. Blatter in charge for 16 of their 25 years of corruption and gets re-elected.

  19. Boos for Blatter

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    There are a couple of boos as Sepp Blatter is introduced to the stage to deliver his victory speech. Blatter doesnt react, instead clasping his hands and raising them in triumph.

  20. 'Thank you to those brave enough to support me'

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    Prince Ali bin al-Hussein has addressed the audience with a brief statement.

    "It has been a wonderful journey. I want to thank all those brave enough to support me, but I will be withdrawing from the race. I wish you all the best of luck for the future."

  21. Sepp Blatter re-elected as Fifa president

    Fifa presidential election

    It is over. We have been spared a second vote by the withdrawal of Prince Ali bin al-Hussein. And so Sepp Blatter is re-elected for a fifth term as Fifa president.

    Prince Ali leaves the stage receiving handshakes and hugs from fellow delegates as he does so.

  22. Prince Ali withdraws

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    Prince Ali bin al-Hussein withdraws from Fifa presidential election.

  23. Post update

    Fifa presidential election

    Jerome Valcke has just announced that round two of voting will begin again in five minutes. Should only take a few hours. I think he was sobbing when he said it. Oh, wait, no that's me sobbing.

  24. Post update

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    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent on Twitter

    "Revised figures. 3 ballots spoiled so Blatter 5 short of 138 needed for 1st round win."

  25. Post update

    Fifa presidential election

    So, we have to go through all this again. With a simple majority the aim. A majority like the one we just got in the first round. So, unless 32 of the delegates in the hall have a sudden change of heart, Sepp Blatter will be remaining in charge of Fifa.

  26. Post update

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    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor on BBC News

    "This is hugely encouraging to Sepp Blatter's opponents. Not winning in the first round is a bloodied-nose for the Fifa president, even if he goes on to a fifth term."

  27. Post update

    Fifa presidential election

    It would appear that three delegates failed to return a valid ballot paper for the first round, with only 206 of the 209 ballots deemed acceptable.

  28. Post update

    Fifa presidential election

    The official first-round result is as follows...

    Prince Ali bin al-Hussein got 73 of the votes. Sepp Blatter got 133 of them.

    140 votes was needed for a first-round majority. Blatter is surely favourite for the second round.

  29. Second round required

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    We are going to a second round of voting.

  30. Post update

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    Christophe Talbotski: Are they using Alan Partridge's keyboard for the incidental music? 'A few gremlins in the system. Ghosts in the machine...'

    Martin: The good news is if FIFA bring out 'now that's what I call FIFA' album there will be a five pound note in each one

    Grumpy Expat: This is like following a penalty shoot out on #BBCSportsday. You know your team will lose, but there is that little ray of hope..

  31. Post update

    Fifa presidential election

    A paper is being passed between the delegates. This must be the sign off. Result pending. Here we go...

  32. Post update

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    We've now got a very ominous, clock-ticking kind of music in the hall. It's a bit like a Nine Inch Nails version of the Countdown clock music. Does this mean we're getting close?

  33. Post update

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    Surely we can't be far off a result now? As far as I can see, every piece of paper is either in one pile or another. These officials sure know how to crank up the tension. I'm betting they go to a commercial break before announcing the result. And if Louis sends this to deadlock I'm outta here.

  34. Post update

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    It looks like we're done. No more votes to count. Michel Platini looks very pensive sat in the important seats on the stage. He's holding his phone, perhaps ready to send off a reactive tweet. Will it be smiley or frowny face, though? The music switches up again with a more upbeat number. Maybe they'll sweep the chairs away at the end of this, get out a table with some quartered pork pies on and have a bit of disco?

  35. Post update

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    Garry Benfold: As the FIFA election could be over 2 rounds will Blatter try using the away votes rule?

    Jason R: The second round of voting only makes sense if you narrow it down from 3+ to 2 candidates. Doubt anyone changes now

    Ken Kramer: Jerome Valcke has a real future in calling BINGO after his performance in this Fifa election

    Sally Anders: So if there is only a 60% majority, they all vote again to find that...wait for's a 60% majority...FIFA eh?

  36. Post update

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    I can only assume we'll get a 'Now That's What I Call Fifa' album after this.

  37. Post update

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    Two piles are starting to form on either end of the table. The one on the right looks a bit healthier than the left. This is a sorry state of affairs. It's like being at a really cheap fairground, trying to figure out which pile of paper is the biggest. Wait... a change of music. Now we've got a seductive tune to see us home. They've really captured the mood. This is sexy stuff.

  38. Post update

    Fifa presidential election

    I guess we now play the waiting game. The boxes are being opened and the ballot papers tipped out on to a big table at the front of the conference hall. There are some nervous faces in the room now. A few of the delegates are taking photos of the counting process. Those'll be keepers. One for the 'people sifting through paper' folder on their C drive.

  39. Round two?

    Fifa presidential election

    If you're questioning why there could be a second round of voting, you've asked a very good question. Here is the answer.

    A candidate can only win in the first round if they pick up a two-thirds majority. If no candidate picks up a two-thirds majority, then we have a second round.

    So even if, let's say, Sepp Blatter got 59% of the vote, we'd need to do it all again. Bonkers, right?

    Well, it's a rule designed for when there are more than two candidates, with the least popular candidate eliminated from the next round.

    Theoretically, people could change their vote for round two, but it's unlikely.

  40. Post update

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    Things have gone all Ferris Bueller as Valcke can't find Uzbekistan. "Uzbekistan... Uzbekistan... Uzbekistan." Eventually, the delegate makes his way to the booth. And with Zambia we are all done. That is the end of the election. It's counting time.

  41. Post update

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    We're almost there people. And that middle of the road mood music is still playing. That'll be the soundtrack to my nightmares tonight as I'm called to booth two by Jerome Valcke only to realise that I've forgotten to put on any pants.

  42. Post update

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    We are into the business end of the election now as Turkmenistan need to be told at least seven times to be in booth two. Valcke is now telling delegates to be ready before he sends them to vote, like a fed-up attendant at the top of a water slide.

  43. Post update

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    Yep, Jerome is ready to snap. Tonga are the latest to feel his wrath. "Yes, I see you" he snaps at their delegate. "And are you chewing Trinidad and Tobago?"

  44. T time

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    Valcke has got annoyed a couple of times now with delegates not doing what they're told. He's starting to remind me of the swimming teacher played by David Schneider in The Day Today, when he can't get his class of kids to do what he tells them. I reckon midway through the Ts he'll just give up and shout "Ok, free vote everyone. Free vote."

  45. Handed a boost?

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    Bad news. Spain are in booth one, like England. Is that this election's booth of death?

  46. Scottish Cup final

    Falkirk v Inverness CT (Sat, 17:00 BST)

    Speaking of Scotland. Quite the coup this... Sean Connery narrating the opening sequence to BBC Scotland's Scottish Cup final coverage.

    Big Tam is accompanied by another great Scottish voice - that of commentator Archie Macpherson - to introduce this year's battle to win the oldest competition in football.

    Sportscene will be live from 13:00 BST on Saturday on BBC One Scotland and online.

  47. Post update

    Fifa presidential election

    The Scottish delegate is firing off a quick text. "Don't think I'll be home for tea, love. We're only up to Singapore."

  48. Second round looming?

    Fifa presidential election

    So, apparently, if a two-third majority is not reached in this first round, the outcome will be decided in a second round that is decided by a simple majority. Erm... would it be too obvious to suggest they just skip straight to the round two approach?

  49. Ding ding... Round two?

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    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    BBC understands there's optimism amongst Prince Ali's team the Jordanian can secure enough votes to take the Fifa presidential election into a second round.

  50. Long way from home

    Fifa presidential election

    Sky News sports correspondent Paul Kelso tweets: "New Caledonia voting. Met the man from New Caledonia. Nice chap. took him 28 hours to get here."

  51. One at a time

    Fifa presidential election

    Fifa vote

    Surely there is a more technologically advanced way of deciding the matter than this? But then again Fifa are not the quickest when it comes to employing technology.

  52. Up to the Ms

    Fifa presidential election

    Cracks are starting to show in Jerome Valcke's calm demeanour. He's done a fine job of herding the delegates to their booths but first Libya and then Malaysia test his patience by dawdling. I think Fifa missed a trick not getting Terry Wogan in to read out the countries. We are up to the Ms.

  53. BBC coverage

    Canada v England

    As we trudge past the Ks and limp into the Ls in Zurich, we have some BBC football coverage news to bring you. England face Canada (Sat, 00:00 BST) in their final game before the Women's World Cup and you can follow the friendly live on the BBC Red Button, website, mobiles and app.

  54. Tense in Zurich

    Fifa presidential election

    One delegate is biting his nails before heading to the booth to vote. He's feeling the tension. He's the only one.

    Hang on; chaos! Iceland briefly don't know which booth they are going to! Jerome Valcke comes to the rescue by pointing them in the right direction. Crisis averted.

  55. The rights and wrongs of playing Qatar


    Amid this Fifa farrago, it should be noted that Scotland will face Qatar in a friendly next Thursday. The Gulf side also face Northern Ireland on Sunday and are based at St George's Park in Burton.

    But should the welcome mat be rolled out to the visitors?

  56. Penalty shoot-out

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    We are into the Gs. It would have been a lot easier to decide this with a penalty shoot-out.

  57. McCullum gone


    First ball after tea, Brendan McCullum tries chipping one over mid-off, but only manages to give Mark Wood a dolly of a catch. Dangerman gone. New Zealand 123-4.

    Follow live text of that match here

  58. England are up

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    Voting booth 1 for ENGLAND.

    Greg Dyke is in, behind the black curtain he goes. Will he have a late change of heart? Will he put his cross next to Joseph S Blatter's name?

    Into the box he pops his slip. Well played lad, textbook. He seems happy with that.

  59. Reasons to support Blatter

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    Sepp Blatter

    German newspaper Das Zeit have filed a story "Why Sepp Blatter deserves our support" on its website. It's completely blank, except for an invitation to click through to a second page of "Even more reasons to support Blatter". That's blank as well. The first comment at the bottom of the page complains: "There's nothing, all blank. Did you mean it?

    Click here to "read" the piece

  60. Come on down!

    Fifa presidential election

    Voting booth

    With the terrible bland music being played and the small group of suited men at each sterile, white, square booth, it looks like a beach bar imagined by George Orwell.

    We've rocketed into the Cs. Chile, come on down!

  61. Fifa presidential election

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday

    Adam Cooke: Starting to think the Hollywood ending of the FBI busting the door down mid-speech isn't going to happen

    Simon Goodall: Why doesn't Blatter just make himself Hon. Life President and have done with it?

    Pete Crowson: FIFA vote only has a 209 votes to count but it still takes until 19:00BST? They should get Sunderland to count it.

    Sunderland South was the first constituency to declare a result in this month's General Election. It took them 50 minutes.

  62. And relax...

    Fifa presidential election

    They are piping some red-hot lift music into the hall in Zurich. Sounds like the kind of thing you'd get on Chilled Out Middle of the Road Moods 2. Perhaps after the week they have had, Fifa think it will calm everyone down.

  63. Turn up for the books

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    England have lasted longer in this than they did in the last World Cup...

  64. How else can members show opposition?

    Fifa presidential election


    In 2011, the English FA called for a delay in the vote because of corruption allegations, but only 16 other states backed their motion and the election went ahead.

    Uefa chief Michel Platini called on Sepp Blatter to stand down on Thursday but he refused to do so. The organisation had also asked for the vote to be postponed - a call not supported by other confederations.

    The BBC has learned that Uefa could call for an extraordinary general meeting of Fifa's Congress if Blatter. If 20% of members agree, the meeting would have to be held within three months - and a motion of no confidence would almost certainly be put forward.

  65. 'Customer 48, please'

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    The voting booth has been set up in the conference hall in Zurich. Must have been an Ikea job*. We are about ready to get this vote under way. Michel Platini is doing a bit of mingling as Bangladesh and Belarus are called up to booths one and two respectively. It's actually a lot like collecting your items at the Argos+ counter.

    *Other ready-to-assemble furniture shops are available.

    +Other catalogue retailers are available.

    Michel Platini
  66. Who?

    Fifa presidential election

    Aruba are up to vote. Can genuinely say I have never heard of them.

    Speak for yourself, Shamoon...

  67. Zzzzz

    Fifa presidential election

    A long wait for Zambia and Zimbabwe. They're probably sat together playing noughts and crosses, or doing a wordsearch. Or taking selfies.

  68. A long process

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    Candidates will come up to vote one by one, but there are two booths.

    Afghanistan and Albania first up, being done in alphabetical order.

  69. Why does half the world love Blatter?

    Fifa presidential election

    Matthew Kenyon, of BBC Sport Africa, explains why: "Development? Benefits? Equity? We're talking about two things really - the first is concrete investment, often literally so. The second is respect."

  70. Fifa presidential election

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday

    Greg Evans: The only way to made a stand is to boycott the world cup! For the whole of Europe to withdraw!

    Kenneth Barr: The only action that would restore any confidence in Blatter is the immediate release of the Garcia Report.

    Steve Howes: Football's fast moving, It needs a younger man, with fresh outlook & no baggage to get things done. Not a 10-year non achiever.

  71. Voting explanation

    Fifa presidential election

    In the first ballot, candidate needs 2/3 of the vote to be elected. If that does not happen, there will be a second ballot in which the candidate needs a majority.

    Simple, although it may take until 19:00 BST. Stay with us.

  72. Sepp Blatter speech

    Fifa Congress

    "Football means more than a game, it needs a strong and experienced leader. One that knows all the ins and outs and can work with our partners."

    Sepp Blatter leaves the stage to applause from the crowd. Has that final gambit secured his place as president again?

  73. Sepp Blatter speech

    Fifa Congress

    "We need to recover our good name, we will do this tomorrow morning."

    Blatter says the time he has spent at Fifa is short. He has been in power since 1998. Some may think otherwise.

  74. Sepp Blatter speech

    Fifa Congress

    "We need to protect our house not just from corruption but racism, match-fixing, doping and violence.

    "Football touches the world to prepare a better world. There is this notion of peace, I'll speak about the handshake of peace."

    Blatter talking about the handshake that took place between the Israel and Palestine delegates an hour or so ago.

  75. Headingley update


    Brendon McCullum

    New Zealand have reached the 100-mark in the second Test against England without losing a fourth wicket as Brendon McCullum, who lofted his first ball over cover for six, consolidated with Tom Latham at the crease. Tea is about 15 minutes away and the tourists are 103-3.

    Follow the game live here.

  76. Sepp Blatter speech

    Fifa Congress

    "We will change things in the future, starting tomorrow.

    "Fifa is about clubs, players, leagues, referees. Professional football needs greater recognition in Fifa. I will install a department for football where there will be representatives from clubs and leagues, which we already have for referees.

    "We need to keep the World Cup - it is the goose of the golden egg."

  77. Post update

    Football writer and broadcaster Phillippe Auclair tweets: "Never forget this is not a speech addressed to the world. It is a speech addressed to 209 people. And that's that."

  78. Sepp Blatter speech

    Fifa Congress

    "We don't need revolutions, but we always need evolution.

    "Yesterday, the day before and today, I am being held accountable for the current storm. OK so be it. I will shoulder that responsibility. Just as I said, I will take it upon myself. I will accept it and I want to fix Fifa together with you.

    "I want to hand over a Fifa that will have emerged from the storm. A Fifa that will have enough safeguards which will not need the political interventions. I promise you this."

    Fighting talk from the wee man...

  79. Sepp Blatter speech

    Fifa Congress

    We've found a translator...

    "Now you are giving me this opportunity to be with you, here. I have an opportunity now to tell you, thank you. Thank you for following the development of Fifa which started 40 years ago."

    He's thanking a lot of people at the moment. It's like an Oscar acceptance speech.

  80. Sepp Blatter speech

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    Sepp Blatter

    Sepp Blatter is up. Pin drop silence in the arena...

    Ah, he's speaking in French. Bear with us. Je suis confus...

  81. Prince Ali speech

    Fifa Congress

    "I ask you for the honour of your confidence in me. I humbly ask you for your vote. I ask you to listen to your conscience."

    Prince Ali wants to hold hands and take Fifa forward. So sweet.

    And with five minutes to spare, he makes his way off stage.

  82. Prince Ali speech

    Fifa Congress

    "I give you my word I will honour the game, without interference."

    Prince Ali giving the spiel about having honour, "making dreams a reality".

    He thanks Michael van Praag and Luis Figo, who have supported him and pulled out of the race for the presidency.

  83. Prince Ali speech

    Fifa Congress

    Runny nose alert. Someone get Prince Ali a tissue please.

  84. Prince Ali speech

    Fifa Congress

    Prince Ali

    Prince Ali: "Nothing in life exists without hope. Even the darkest night can be broken with a new dawn.

    "We want transparency, inclusiveness and accountability. Everyone pulling in the same direction for the good of Fifa and football.

    "Today is about taken the first step to change. We must show the world the Fifa family is committed to the game.

    "We stand here today at a crossroads for football and a strong leader is needed to fix the mess we are in. I will stand as that."

    Does anyone else think Prince Ali sounds like a Church of England minister delivering a sermon?

  85. Live coverage

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    You can follow the election live on the BBC News Channel by clicking the play button somewhere above this entry...

  86. Prince Ali speech

    Fifa Congress

    Prince Ali is up on stage.Here he goes:

    "It is an incredible honour to stand as a candidate. Everything is at stake for the game, for the world.

    "We are guardians of the game, a game that is cherished by the world. A game that can unite and heal. About men and women who give their all and who inspire the youth."

    The former Sandhurst student is speaking in superb English, by the way.

  87. In for the long haul

    Fifa Congress


    Snuggle up peeps...

    "Take your seats. It's a long process," says Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke.

    The Scottish FA's chief Stewart Regan has tweeted #bbcsportsday to warn it will take up to three hours should it go to a second ballot.

  88. Blatter to retain Asian support?

    Fifa presidential election

    Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah

    Is this an indication that Sepp Blatter will retain his role as president of Fifa?

    Kuwait's Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, who basically calls the tune in the Asian confederation, has been speaking to Reuters about Blatter.

    "FIFA should have a leader with a lot of experience," the FIFA executive committee member said.

  89. Arsenal's road to the final

    FA Cup final

    Alexis Sanchez

    As Arsenal prepare to face Aston Villa in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday, BBC Sport looks back at the Gunners' route to the final.

    Starting with a repeat of last season's final victory against Hull, Arsenal saw off Brighton, Middlesbrough and Manchester United before their extra-time semi-final victory over Reading.

    Click here to view the video

  90. Headingley update


    Ross Taylor has just gifted England their third wicket in the second Test at Headingley, offering no stroke to a straight, full ball from Stuart Broad. New Zealand are 68-3.

    Follow the game live here.

  91. Get Involved


    Evo Hashtagger in Warsaw, Poland: People are simply either unfair or outright stupid in their judgements. Blatter, a self-made king of Fifa, has made it into one of the most prosperous organisations globally, something few would have bet on 20 years ago.

    His challenger is a son of the king, someone who has never achieved anything in life. Sport is the only area of life where there is democracy. Keep politics out of it.