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Blatter holds no FA grudge

Blatter went on to win his fourth term in office unopposed after fellow candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam was suspended and subsequently withdrew from the race.

The FA's motion to postpone the vote at the 61st FIFA congress in Zurich was defeated, but Blatter said he held no ill will toward the British.

"I'm the president of all the associations and will work with all of them,'' he claimed. ''There's no bad feeling with any of the associations that didn't vote for me. I'm the president of FIFA, and with 186 votes I'm proud. Don't worry about the English.

"The number one national association in FIFA - the FA founded the game in 1863 - have the right to be called the FA, Football Association. They should be an example, so that was a surprise.

"I had heard about it, and UEFA made a special meeting trying to convince them. I thought this problem would be solved so was surprised when they tried to change the agenda of the Congress and not make elections.''

The Scottish FA supported the English sentiment to delay the casting of votes until after the saga surrounding Bin Hammam and CONCACAF president Jack Warner had settled, however the proposal was defeated by 172 votes to 17, which included Vietnam accidentally voting 'yes'.

FIFA ExCo members Julio Grondona from Argentina and Angel Villa Llona from Spain slammed the FA while speaking at the congress following Blatter's successful re-election.

The reaction led to Jim Boyce, Britain's new FIFA vice-president, insisting the FA must start afresh and repair some of the damage caused in the lead-up to Wednesday's election.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "England in my opinion needs to build bridges both within UEFA and FIFA. I can assure you that I will do all in my power - if asked - to help the English FA.''

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