53rd FIFA Congress

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FIFA presidential election, 2002
  1998 28 May 2002 2011  

  Sepp Blatter.jpg Issa Hayatou (cropped).jpg
Candidate Flag of Switzerland.svg Sepp Blatter Flag of Cameroon.svg Issa Hayatou
Popular vote
139 / 195
56 / 195

President before election

Flag of Switzerland.svg Sepp Blatter

Next President

Flag of Switzerland.svg Sepp Blatter

The 53rd FIFA Congress was held in May 2002 in Seoul, South Korea before the 2002 FIFA World Cup. It was the annual meeting of the international governing body of association football FIFA. The congress saw the re-election of Joseph "Sepp" Blatter as the President of FIFA.

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2002 presidential election

The election for the President of FIFA was held at the congress, with the incumbent, Joseph "Sepp" Blatter facing a challenge from the Cameroonian football executive and president of the Confederation of African Football, Issa Hayatou. Blatter won with 139 of the 195 votes cast. [1] Like the previous presidential election at the 51st FIFA Congress, this congress was overshadowed by accusations of fraud and corruption after 11 members of FIFA's Executive Committee had filed a criminal complaint against Blatter with courts in Zurich. [2] A question and answer session was held at the congress the day before the election in which Blatter refused to allow Hayatou and the FIFA Vice-President David Will to take part. Delegates booed Blatter afterwards and Blatter and Hayatou were involved in a verbal confrontation. Will was described as "shaking with rage" by reporters. [3]

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Issa Hayatou Cameroonian basketball player and football executive

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51st FIFA Congress

The 51st FIFA Congress was held between 6 and 8 June 1998, at the Equinox congress hall in Paris, France, just before the start of the 1998 FIFA World Cup. It was the last biannual meeting of the international governing body of association football FIFA, since 1998 the congress has been held on an annual basis. The congress saw the election of Joseph "Sepp" Blatter as the 8th President of FIFA who succeeded João Havelange. Havelange had held the presidency since 1974.

Voting results

53rd FIFA Congress
May 28, 2002 – Seoul, South Korea
CandidateRound 1
Flag of Switzerland.svg Sepp Blatter 139
Flag of Cameroon.svg Issa Hayatou 56

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References

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  2. Heidi Blake; Jonathan Calvert (23 April 2015). The Ugly Game: The Qatari Plot to Buy the World Cup. Simon & Schuster UK. ISBN   978-1-4711-4936-8.
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