PADDY POWER have made FIFA chief Sepp Blatter heavily odds-on to serve a full term of presidency assuming he is re-elected unopposed in Wednesday’s surreal one candidate vote.
Blatter is just 1-5 not to be ousted or forced to step down in his next term as the head of football’s organising body and 3-1 that the increasing allegations of bribery, corruption and self-protection become too much for Blatter to sustain his leadership.
Darren Haines, spokesman for Paddy Power, said: “Such is the unaccountable nature of FIFA and their autonomy that it seems there is little to prevent Blatter from clinging to power.
“It remains to be seen whether further allegations and evidence of wrong-doing will change that but it could prove to be a fast-changing betting market over the next few days.”
Paddy Power are also betting on which of FIFA’s official partners will be the first to withdraw their sponsorship.
Emirates are the 7-4 favourite with the Asian region up in arms over the treatment of former presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam.
Adidas and Coca-Cola, who have expressed their concerns over the scandal enveloping FIFA are 3-1 and 4-1 respectively.
In true FIFA style though, the 2022 World Cup looks even safer than Blatter himself with Qatar just 1-20 to retain the right to host the tournament.
Should the allegations of bribery unravel to an extent Qatar lose the event Australia are 12-1 to step in as hosts followed by USA at 14-1. England are 16-1 to win the honour.