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Blatter promises vote change

Sepp Blatter has announced that all 208 FIFA member associations will vote on World Cup hosts in the future after it was confirmed he would continue as the president of world football's governing body.

Blatter is the sole candidate for Wednesday's election and he will therefore be re-elected unopposed for a fourth term, with the Football Association's attempt to delay the proceedings having failed by 172 votes to 17.

FA chairman David Bernstein had called on FIFA members to vote to delay the election to ensure the winner would have "proper credibility" over his four-year term after Mohamed Bin Hammam - Blatter's only opponent - withdrew from the race.

However, the FA had been warned by CONCACAF secretary general Chuck Blazer that the move was "too little too late" and the motion was defeated by a landslide.

Blatter had told the FIFA congress on Wednesday that he would be able to restore order to the governing body.

Blatter said: "We know that the FIFA ship is in moving waters, I could even say in troubled waters but I think this ship must be brought back on the right route. I'm the captain of this ship and it is my duty and responsibility to see we get back on the right route but I can only do it with you, the 208associations.

"You are the owners of FIFA. You are the legislative body but you are the decisive body. I'm certain you can follow me in the idea that we can settle the problems in side FIFA either by ... strengthening what we already have."

He has since revealed that he will make a major change to the way World Cup venues are selected as the furore over the 2022 tournament in Qatar continues.

World Cup locations have in the past been decided by the 24-man executive committee but, amid allegations of bribery, Blatter has revealed that all 208 member associations of FIFA will make the decision in the future.

"I want to give more power to the national associations," he said. "In the future, the World Cup will be decided by the FIFA Congress. The executive committee will create a shortlist - but will make no recommendations only a list - and the Congress will decide on the venue."


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