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McDonald's and Coca-Cola think FIFA needs to clean up its act

“I’m not perfect. Nobody is perfect. But we will do a good job together,” says Sepp Blatter.

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KEY SPONSORS HAVE called on FIFA to clean up its act after Sepp Blatter was re-elected as president.

His only challenger Prince Ali bin al Hussein withdrew from the race after preventing Blatter from getting the required majority in the first round of voting.

Blatter, who had defied calls to resign, raised his arms in triumph and promised the congress to be the “commander” who “guides this boat FIFA” out of the corruption turmoil it has sunk into.

“I’m not perfect. Nobody is perfect. But we will do a good job together,” he said.

However, big-money sponsors say they want to action from football’s governing body.

Coca-Cola, Budweiser and McDonald’s all called for a quick response.

Credit card giant Visa has threatened to “reassess” its sponsorship if FIFA does not clean up its act.

South Korea’s Hyundai Motor, a major sponsor of FIFA, has also said it was “extremely concerned” at the new scandals.

The United Nations says it is reviewing its cooperation accords with FIFA.

The seven arrested football officials — including FIFA vice presidents Jeffrey Webb and Eugenio Figueredo — remained in custody yesterday, six will fight extradition to the US.

Meanwhile, a top US federal investigator said he was “fairly confident” there would be another round of indictments in the case, the New York Times reported.

“We strongly believe there are other people and entities involved in criminal acts,” said Richard Weber, leader of the US Internal Revenue Service criminal investigations unit. He would not identify the remaining targets or say if they included Blatter.

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