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  1. Blatter retains presidency after Prince Ali withdraws
  2. Vote was set to enter second round
  3. Blatter 133 votes, Prince Ali 73 votes in first round
  4. FA Cup final build-up: Aston Villa v Arsenal (Sat, 17:30 BST)

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By Shamoon Hafez and Phil Dawkes

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Thank you and goodnight

That is all from Sportsday for today. Thank you for following our coverage of the Fifa presidential election, which saw Sepp Blatter re-elected for a fifth term. You can find

reaction to that news on the BBC News and Sport websites, with more to come throughout the evening.

Sportsday will return on Monday at 08:00 BST. We'll see you then.

'This is not over...'

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More from FA chairman Greg Dyke: "This is not over by any means.

"To quote the Attorney General this is the beginning of the process, not the end.

"The idea Blatter could reform FIFA is suspect. I'd be very surprised if he was still in this job in two years time."

'This is the beginning, not the end'

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Football Association chairman Greg Dyke on Sepp Blatter's re-election, talking to Sky News:

"We think that's the impact of the events of this week, but this isn't over by any means. The events of this week were so dramatic for FIFA, but I cannot see FIFA reforming itself under Blatter. He's had 16 years to reform it but he hasn't done it.

"England won't withdraw from anything on its own and you can be absolutely certain about that. That would be ridiculous. There will be discussions I think in FIFA about this result and what FIFA should do next but that won't be England alone."

"This is the beginning not the end. I think there is a lot more of this to play out."

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Gary Lineker

BBC Sport presenter on Twitter

"The only way this revolting organisation will change is if the major football federations walk out. It's time to grow a pair of footballs."

Luis Figo reaction

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Former Portugal international Luis Figo, who pulled out of the race to succeed Sepp Blatter as Fifa president last week, has given his reaction to today's vote...

"Today was another dark day in Zurich," began Figo. before going on to say, "Fifa has lost, but above everything, football has lost and everyone who truly cares about it has lost too.

"Mr. Blatter had a very cynical reaction when he said that he couldn't control everyone. It offends everyone's intelligence. These persons, whom Mr. Blatter has promoted through years, turned, with him, Fifa in to a decadent organization.

"If Mr. Blatter were minimally concerned about football, he would have given up of the re-election. If he has a minimal of decency, he will resign in the next few days."

'Thinking to be done'

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Irish FA chief executive Patrick Nelson on BBC Radio 5 live:

"It's a little too early to be thinking about things like breaking from Fifa. Things are best dealt with in the cold light of day.

"Anything could be on the table but it's a stretch to think about radical solutions at the moment. There's a lot of thinking to be done."

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Wilbur: If the leading nations do not do something to spark major reform now then they deserve Fifa & Blatter.

John Durham: My football craze has ended! This is the most corrupt sport now. Shocking Blatter got in. Fifa you're a disgrace.

Ross Parker: I don't see the big fuss made over the Fifa arrests. Nothing has changed, Fifa are corrupt and Blatter carries on.

Villa's road to the final

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Aston Villa

As Aston Villa prepare to face Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday, BBC Sport looks back at the Villans' route to the final.

Starting with a last-gasp win over Blackpool at Villa Park, Villa then beat Bournemouth, Leicester and West Brom before their surprise semi-final victory over Liverpool.

Click here to view the video

Top of the Pops

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To celebrate one of the most famous cup traditions, Top of the Pops 2 has gathered together a selection of the best FA Cup songs.

Featuring Chas & Dave, Hot Stuff Arsenal, Status Quo and the unforgettable rapping talents of Liverpool's John Barnes.

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Chris Ludlow: So, the inmates are still running the asylum. What a disgrace!

Rory: Time for new organisation. Can't be just Euro - get Brazil Argentina USA Canada Australia + anyone willing & you have World Cup

Viva F1: 'I will be in command of this boat called Fifa' by which I assume Blatter means he intends to go down with the sinking ship

Former team-mates reunited

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Alan Shearer - Tim Sherwood

Alan Shearer meets former Blackburn team-mate and Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood ahead of his side's appearance in the FA Cup final.

Sherwood says he has definitely taken managerial attributes from former Blackburn boss Kenny Dalglish, and admits to sharing his fear of losing.

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FA Cup final

The Fifa presidential election has dominated the agenda this afternoon, but let's not forget that the FA Cup final is taking place this Saturday. We have plenty of content on the game, to provide you with all you need to know ahead of Arsenal v Aston Villa at Wembley.

'Now I'm president of everybody'

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After not talking for a bit, Sepp Blatter is talking again:

"I like you, you brought me again into Fifa. All those that have voted for Prince Ali, I congratulate you - he is a good candidate.

"But now I'm president of everybody. I am president of Fifa."

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Sepp Blatter is enjoying himself now in the hall. He is continuing his address with extended closing words for the delegates. "I am now the president of everybody," he declares, perhaps over-estimating his remit. That probably didn't come across how he intended. "I am the president of Fifa," he clarifies before signing off and leaving the stage, not before sharing a brief chat and handshake with Uefa president Michel Platini. Thus ends the conference.

'I like you and I like my job'

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And finally, 79-year-old Sepp Blatter ends with these words of wisdom:

"The age is no problem. Some people are 50 and look old.

"I like you and I like my job and I would like to be with you. I am not perfect but we will do a good job together. Let's go Fifa, let's go Fifa!"

'I am a faithful man'

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More from continuing Fifa president Sepp Blatter:

"We have some organisational problems. We need women in this committee, we have to do more. I will not touch the World Cup, it is too important.

"I take responsibility to bring back Fifa, with you we will do it, I am convinced.

"I am a faithful man, now God, Allah or whoever we believe in, they will help us to bring back Fifa. I promise you at the end of my term I will give Fifa to my successor in a very strong position."

'I will be in command of this boat called Fifa'

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Sepp Blatter's victory speech:

"First of all I would like to give compliments and express gratitude to Prince Ali. Because he was a challenger and he has obtained a very good result.

"He could have said 'no, let's go further and perhaps I would have received more votes'.

"But I thank you for accepting me for the next four years. I will be in command of this boat called Fifa and we will bring it back to shore."

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Rob Perry: Goodbye Fifa you've destroyed something beautiful. Time for Europe to sort it all out for you.

Ralph Lifeway: Fifa is not only for the FA and Uefa. We acknowledge you are powerful but without you, Fifa can survive.

David: Fifa is a joke. Blatter in charge for 16 of their 25 years of corruption and gets re-elected.

Boos for Blatter

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There are a couple of boos as Sepp Blatter is introduced to the stage to deliver his victory speech. Blatter doesnt react, instead clasping his hands and raising them in triumph.

'Thank you to those brave enough to support me'

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Prince Ali bin al-Hussein has addressed the audience with a brief statement.

"It has been a wonderful journey. I want to thank all those brave enough to support me, but I will be withdrawing from the race. I wish you all the best of luck for the future."

Sepp Blatter re-elected as Fifa president

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It is over. We have been spared a second vote by the withdrawal of Prince Ali bin al-Hussein. And so Sepp Blatter is re-elected for a fifth term as Fifa president.

Prince Ali leaves the stage receiving handshakes and hugs from fellow delegates as he does so.

Prince Ali withdraws

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Prince Ali bin al-Hussein withdraws from Fifa presidential election.

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Jerome Valcke has just announced that round two of voting will begin again in five minutes. Should only take a few hours. I think he was sobbing when he said it. Oh, wait, no that's me sobbing.

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Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent on Twitter

"Revised figures. 3 ballots spoiled so Blatter 5 short of 138 needed for 1st round win."

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So, we have to go through all this again. With a simple majority the aim. A majority like the one we just got in the first round. So, unless 32 of the delegates in the hall have a sudden change of heart, Sepp Blatter will be remaining in charge of Fifa.

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Dan Roan

BBC sports editor on BBC News

"This is hugely encouraging to Sepp Blatter's opponents. Not winning in the first round is a bloodied-nose for the Fifa president, even if he goes on to a fifth term."

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It would appear that three delegates failed to return a valid ballot paper for the first round, with only 206 of the 209 ballots deemed acceptable.

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The official first-round result is as follows...

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein got 73 of the votes. Sepp Blatter got 133 of them.

140 votes was needed for a first-round majority. Blatter is surely favourite for the second round.

Second round required

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We are going to a second round of voting.

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Christophe Talbotski: Are they using Alan Partridge's keyboard for the incidental music? 'A few gremlins in the system. Ghosts in the machine...'

Martin: The good news is if FIFA bring out 'now that's what I call FIFA' album there will be a five pound note in each one

Grumpy Expat: This is like following a penalty shoot out on #BBCSportsday. You know your team will lose, but there is that little ray of hope..

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A paper is being passed between the delegates. This must be the sign off. Result pending. Here we go...

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We've now got a very ominous, clock-ticking kind of music in the hall. It's a bit like a Nine Inch Nails version of the Countdown clock music. Does this mean we're getting close?

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Surely we can't be far off a result now? As far as I can see, every piece of paper is either in one pile or another. These officials sure know how to crank up the tension. I'm betting they go to a commercial break before announcing the result. And if Louis sends this to deadlock I'm outta here.

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It looks like we're done. No more votes to count. Michel Platini looks very pensive sat in the important seats on the stage. He's holding his phone, perhaps ready to send off a reactive tweet. Will it be smiley or frowny face, though? The music switches up again with a more upbeat number. Maybe they'll sweep the chairs away at the end of this, get out a table with some quartered pork pies on and have a bit of disco?

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Garry Benfold: As the FIFA election could be over 2 rounds will Blatter try using the away votes rule?

Jason R: The second round of voting only makes sense if you narrow it down from 3+ to 2 candidates. Doubt anyone changes now

Ken Kramer: Jerome Valcke has a real future in calling BINGO after his performance in this Fifa election

Sally Anders: So if there is only a 60% majority, they all vote again to find that...wait for's a 60% majority...FIFA eh?

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I can only assume we'll get a 'Now That's What I Call Fifa' album after this.

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Two piles are starting to form on either end of the table. The one on the right looks a bit healthier than the left. This is a sorry state of affairs. It's like being at a really cheap fairground, trying to figure out which pile of paper is the biggest. Wait... a change of music. Now we've got a seductive tune to see us home. They've really captured the mood. This is sexy stuff.

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I guess we now play the waiting game. The boxes are being opened and the ballot papers tipped out on to a big table at the front of the conference hall. There are some nervous faces in the room now. A few of the delegates are taking photos of the counting process. Those'll be keepers. One for the 'people sifting through paper' folder on their C drive.

Round two?

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If you're questioning why there could be a second round of voting, you've asked a very good question. Here is the answer.

A candidate can only win in the first round if they pick up a two-thirds majority. If no candidate picks up a two-thirds majority, then we have a second round.

So even if, let's say, Sepp Blatter got 59% of the vote, we'd need to do it all again. Bonkers, right?

Well, it's a rule designed for when there are more than two candidates, with the least popular candidate eliminated from the next round.

Theoretically, people could change their vote for round two, but it's unlikely.

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Things have gone all Ferris Bueller as Valcke can't find Uzbekistan. "Uzbekistan... Uzbekistan... Uzbekistan." Eventually, the delegate makes his way to the booth. And with Zambia we are all done. That is the end of the election. It's counting time.