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Friday 9 December 2016

What Blatter's re-election means

Sepp Blatter
Sepp Blatter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

pWe can look forward to more 'handshakes for peace'.

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