File - FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures as he attends a news conference after a meeting of the FIFA executive committee in Zurich in this September 26, 2014 file picture. Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann
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FIFA president Sepp Blatter is a master of getting out from tight corners and his federation's initial reaction to Wednesday's extraordinary events in Zurich suggested he has every intention of pulling off another great escape.Blatter, FIFA's president since 1998, was not among them.In 2001, FIFA faced potential financial ruin following the collapse of its marketing partner ISL/ISMM and Blatter was subjected to intense pressure to reveal details of FIFA finances.Blatter faced further troubles in 2002 when FIFA's then-secretary general Michel Zen-Ruffinen claimed Blatter's 1998 election victory was based on bribery and corruption.Blatter has mastered the FIFA electoral system where the 209 member associations each hold one vote, meaning that tiny American Samoa holds the same voting rights as football powers like Brazil or Germany.Only Europe, which holds 53 votes, has pledged to vote against the president and, although some other associations may break ranks, those would be unlikely to result in more than a small dent in Blatter's majority.Blatter, who has repeatedly said that he does not choose his executive committee, was said to be carrying on as usual Wednesday and getting ready for Friday's election.
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