2 Jun 2011

Blatter says FIFA has been given a yellow card

8:31 am on 2 June 2011

The head of football's world governing body Sepp Blatter has been re-elected unopposed for a fourth term as FIFA president shrugging off the scandals that have hit the sport to secure another four years in charge.

The 75 year old Swiss has run FIFA since 1998 and received 186 out of the 203 votes cast.

Blatter's opponent Mohamed bin Hammam withdrew his candidacy amid a cash-for-votes scandal over Qatar being award the 2022 world cup.

FIFA has confirmed changes to the rules for choosing World Cup hosts in future, giving a vote to each of the organisations 208 members countries.

Blatter has also promised FIFA will get tougher on wrong-doers saying it must strengthen its ethics committee and make it more professional.