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Blatter Returns for a Fifth Term as Fifa President

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Sepp Blatter has won re-election as Fifa president after Jordanian Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein conceded defeat in a second round poll.

First round votes were deemed inconclusive as neither of the candidates could score the statutory 2/3 votes, only for opposition Prince Ali to concede in the run-off.

“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,” Blatter said in his victory speech after taken to the stage amidst a chorus of boos.

“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.”

The FIfa vice-president for Asia had sought to unseat Blatter, who assumed the office of head of world football’s governing body in 1998.

Sepp Blatter Thumbs Up His Supporters after Winning a Fifth Term as Head of FIFA. Image: AP.

Sepp Blatter Thumbs Up His Supporters after Winning a Fifth Term as Head of FIFA. Image: AP.


For a first round majority, either of Blatter or Prince Ali needed to have pulled 140 of the votes, representing 2/3 of the 209 member associations who took part in the elections.

Blatter was nonetheless favourite for the second round after scoring 133 votes against Prince Ali’s 73 in the first round.

He has now earned another four-year mandate on the top job in world football.

Prince Ali said: “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.”

Only the two candidates particated in the polls after ex-World Player of the Year Luis Figo and Dutch FA President Michael van Praag threw in the towel few days to the D-day.

Blatter had strong support from Africa, Asia and South America, but faced backlash from the Uefa, who have been ruing the recurrent cases of bribery and corruption, as well as an alleged culture of impunity among top Fifa officials.

“I like you, you brought me again into Fifa,” he said. “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.”

Blatter, 79, ignored request by the head of European football governing body, Michelle Platinni, to resign in the wake of the biggest corruption crisis ever to hit Fifa in its 111 years of existence.

Frenchman Platinni asked Blatter to stand down in a face-to-face talk and has even threatened that the super rich confederation could pull out of the umbrella body if the latter wins re-election.

Platini said: “If Blatter wins Uefa will meet in Berlin next week and, of course, we can pull out of Fifa.

“There might be a proposal for something like a boycott of the World Cup. I don’t wish it but I’m there to listen to what people have to say.

“We know how many nations think about Fifa, about the money and facilities they get from Mr Blatter.

“But we all know how much football and Fifa depend on the sponsors and the partners.”

One of Fifa’s five high-ranking ‘partners’, Visa, has threatened to withdraw its backing unless football’s world governing body cleans up its act.

“I take responsibility to bring back Fifa, with you we will do it, I am convinced,” Blatter assured.

“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.”

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Football Legend, Diego Maradona Dies At 60 Following Heart Attack

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BREAKING: Football Legend, Diego Maradona Dies At 60 Following Heart Attack

Diego Maradona

Argentina and Napoli legend, Diego Maradona has passed away at the age of 60 following a heart attack.

The Gimnasia coach had been hospitalised at the start of November, days after celebrating the landmark birthday, after complaining of low spirits and fatigue.

Recall that some weeks ago, it was reported that the football legend had a blood clot on the brain, which doctors later revealed was operated on successfully.

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Two weeks after being discharged from the hospital and recovering at home, he reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest on Wednesday morning.

The Argentine national team’s official Twitter account confirmed the news on Wednesday.

https://twitter.com/Argentina/status/1331637593457520642

 

 

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The Contribution of Sports Betting to the Economy of Nigeria

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Most of us have grown up with gambling lore that left us petrified to our core. Gambling ruins lives, gives rise to financial and legal problems.

This is all that we have grown up learning. However, this is only partly true and must not be taken too seriously. Sure, gambling has its disadvantages and evils.

However, the activity, in its entirety, is not addictive. It is what humans make out of it. Human beings give up self-control and spiral into a bottomless pit of despair due to that.

Gambling, when indulged in appropriately, does no harm. In fact, it is one of the biggest industries and contributes significantly to the global economy.

The moot point of this article is to have a look at the betting industry of Nigeria. While we do that, we shall also examine how much the industry contributes to the economy of the nation.

Therefore, let us now have a look at the industry and venture a few important points throughout
the article.

How Does the Betting Industry of Nigeria Look Like?

The gambling industry of Nigeria resides in the areas of gray. One cannot look at it in either black or white.

Gambling activities are considered illegal in Nigeria, with the exception of a few. And betting on sports happens to be one of those exceptions.

Online gambling in Nigeria is allowed only on offshore-owned and operated casinos. Locally operated casinos are not allowed to function in the land.

Now speaking of betting, one must note that the betting industry happens to be a key player in Nigeria’s economy. There are over fifty functional and legal betting sites in Nigeria.

As we mentioned before, betting is entirely legal, unlike online gambling. All those who want to gamble on sites like Usafriendlypokersites.com can do so with the use of VPNs.

Nigerians are incredibly passionate as a people about their sports. That is why the idea of making money by betting on their favorite sports has a lot of appeal.

With about 200 million people in the country, the betting industry has found a solid footing in the market. It has been estimated that over the last few decades, Nigeria has grown to become the second-largest betting market in South Africa.

Over 60 million people find entertainment through online betting sites in South Africa. Therefore, one can understand, going by the statistics that Nigeria has evolved over the last few years when it comes to betting.

Reasons for this Massive Growth in the Popularity of Online Betting:

One of the primary reasons for this massive popularity in online betting is the increase in technological innovations.

Nigeria, over the past few years, has seen technological expansion and super-fast connectivity. Almost everyone has access to smartphones now.

This is what makes it so easy for people of every age group to bet online. The constraints that the nation had in technology and connectivity are no longer an issue.

It is estimated that in the next few years, the country shall see more such innovations and expansion. This will, therefore, act further as a catalyst to the growth of the online betting industry.

The Government is Now Tightening the Noose around Online Betting to Raise Revenue:

As we already mentioned a few times before that Nigeria had strict laws related to online gambling.

The government also did not pay much attention to the betting industry. However, things have changed now and shall change further down the line.

The Nigerian government is now formulating some strict laws so that it could pull the revenue from betting into the coffers.

This is also one of the most significant reasons for the growth in Nigeria’s economy. Online betting is a lucrative industry, and we can already deduce that from we discussed.

With the government paying more attention to the industry, crime rates can be reduced, and better revenue can be raised.

If anything, the involvement of the Nigerian government shall only serve as a fresh change. Plus, with a better structure in the betting industry, more people can find jobs and livelihood.

Wrapping It Up:

We can see how the online betting industry of Nigeria has become one of the chief contributors
to its economy.

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Sporty.com – The Ultimate App For Sports Fans!

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For all those sports fans out there who are tired of following sports news that you do not find relevant, Sporty Group has come out with the perfect solution to this problem – Sporty.com is the ultimate sports app for all sports fans! Sporty gives access to the world’s best sports content with zero cost and zero ads. The app is available on the Google Play Store for free. Fans around the world can access the latest sports news on their handheld devices anytime and get live updates on matches.

Sporty.com offers a lot of features that can be leveraged by those who are sports enthusiasts. Here are the standout features of the newly launched application that has access to the world’s best sports content. 

  • Latest Sports News (SportyNews)

Get access to all the hot articles and video news in the world of sport at the tip of your fingers through Sporty. This news can be completely customized as per one’s liking. Pick your favourite sports, leagues and teams, all in one place, to be the first to know everything or just pick the option of “Popular” news. 

  • Live Scores and Exclusive Videos (SportyTV)

Sporty.com provides live scores of all the sports around the world, including an additional choice where one can filter out scores of just their favourites, whether it would be league scores or team scores. 

  • Game Stats (SportyLive)

Analyze every game in detail through this feature on Sporty. Get the most comprehensive data on any match through the app with match facts, team line-ups, minute-by-minute analysis and tracking, competition trees, live league tables and formations.

  • Chat System (SportyChat)

Chat and share sports talk on Sporty with other users and friends! An incredibly unique feature on offer indeed, which can help you stay updated and also share banter with friends on the go.

Get Sporty, Live Sporty as you Follow, Like, Share, Watch & Chat on Sporty.com!

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