Blatter discharged from hospital
Suspended FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, whose
world soccer federation is mired in a corruption
crisis, has been discharged from hospital, his
confidant and former publicist, Klaus Stoehlker,
said on Thursday.
â€œHe had to stay a few days in hospital but now he is
out, he is at home in (the canton of) Valais. He is
very happy and he is relaxing a few days until the
beginning of next week and then he will be back,â€
Stoehlker told Reuters in an interview.
â€œHeâ€™s recovering very fast.â€
Blatter, who last month was suspended for 90 days
by FIFAâ€™s Ethics Committee pending a full
investigation into his conduct, had been in hospital
since Friday, when his United States-based lawyer,
Richard Cullen, said the Swiss national had been
admitted for a checkup.
Under the terms of the suspension, Blatter, 79,
who has been the FIFA president since 1998, is not
allowed into the FIFA headquarters or any football
stadium in an official capacity.
Blatter won a fifth election mandate in May just
after the graft scandal erupted with police raids on
a hotel used by top FIFA officials. Four days later,
as pressure mounted, he called a new Congress, in
Zurich in February, to choose his successor.
In September, the Swiss attorney generalâ€™s office
initiated criminal proceedings against Blatter over
a 2 million Swiss franc ($2.1 million) payment from
FIFA to UEFA President, Michel Platini, who has
also been suspended.
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