Europe has reacted with fury after Sepp Blatter, the controversial head of world football, was re-elected for a fifth time Friday evening.
The 79-year-old Swiss defeated Jordanian Prince Ali bin al-Hussein to retain his hold on the role of Fifa President.
The two men endured over an hour-and-a-half's wait while the 209 football associations in attendance cast their ballot one-by-one, in the privacy of a voting booth.
Blatter secured 133 votes, 4 short of the majority he would have needed to win without a second-ballot, but Prince al-Hussein withdrew his candidacy after only winning 73 out of a possible 209 votes, making Blatter the winner by default.
The result secured Blatter's place at the top table for a fifth consecutive term, making him the third longest serving Fifa President in the association's history.
His seventeen year tenure is expected to extend until at least May 2019, when he will once again be able to choose to stand for the Fifa presidency.
In his victory speech, Blatter said: "I thank you, you have accepted me for the next four years. I will be in command of this boat of Fifa. We will bring it back off shore.
"I take full responsibility to bring back Fifa. We can do it and I am convinced we can do it.
"We won’t touch the World Cup. I am a faithful man - God, Allah, whoever, they will help us to bring back this Fifa. At the end of my (four year) term, I will give Fifa to my successor. It will be robust.
"Now I am the president of everybody, I am the president of the whole Fifa.
"I like you. I like my job. I am not perfect. Nobody is perfect. Together we go. Let’s go Fifa! Let’s go Fifa!"
Speaking minutes after the Fifa president was re-installed to his post, Prince Ali explained his withdrawal, saying he didn't want the 73 associations that voted for him to "get into any more trouble".
But he did thank those who backed him, adding: "I just wanted to thank all of you. It’s been a wonderful journey. I want to especially thank all of you who were brave enough to vote for me."
In the minutes after news broke that Blatter would remain at the helm of the global footballing body he has overseen for almost two decades, English FA Chairman Greg Dyke told reporters: "I cannot see Fifa reforming itself under Blatter - he's had 16 years to do it."
Watch: FA Chairman Greg Dyke says England won't withdraw from any football tournament on its own http://t.co/nXsI2E2Y6K— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 29, 2015
Blatter's win immediately prompted outrage from sports pundits and greats of the game, including former England striker Gary Lineker.
As predictable as it is depressing. All those FIFA members that voted for Blatter have betrayed the game they are supposed to cherish.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 29, 2015
Today, FIFA has lost, but above everything, football has lost and everyone who truly cares about it has lost too http://t.co/4wsE145STf— Luís Figo (@LuisFigo) May 29, 2015
I think Sepp Blatter was absolutely the right choice to lead FIFA, and anyone who disagrees, hasn't seen my new Rolex yet.— Richard Osman (@richardosman) May 29, 2015
Figo: "If Blatter were concerned about football, he would have given up...If he has a minimum of decency, he will resign in days."— Owen Gibson (@owen_g) May 29, 2015
Figo: "Mr. Blatter had a very cynical reaction when he said that he couldn’t control everyone. It offends everyone’s intelligence." #FIFA— James Masters (@Masters_JamesD) May 29, 2015
Big nations now obligated to boycott 2018 WorldCup. Not fair to the players, but Blatter has made his bed. World needs heroes, not cowards— Clark Whitney (@Mr_Bundesliga) May 29, 2015
Michel Platini, the president of European football confederation Uefa, also issued a defiant statement after Blatter beat Ali - Europe's preferred candidate.
"I am proud that Uefa has defended and supported a movement for change at Fifa," Platini said.
"Change which in my opinion is crucial if this organization is to regain its credibility."
The UEFA boss reportedly sat still and did not applaud after Blatter's acceptance speech.
The 2015 Fifa Congress was dogged by controversy after high-ranking officials close to Blatter, including his Vice President Jeffrey Webb, were arrested in a dawn raid just days before by US officials as part of a suspected $150m bribery sting.
On its opening day, the event was riddled with high drama, as first protesters had to be removed by security, then police warned of a bomb scare, and finally intense last-minute negotiations over a plot to ban Israel from world football, all threatened to overshadow the day's events.