Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter released from hospital

Thursday November 12th, 2015

Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been released from the hospital in Switzerland where he was being treated for a stress-related breakdown, the Associated Press reports.

On Friday, Blatter’s lawyer announced he had been admitted to the hospital. Doctors monitored his health for about a week, and he was expected to be released this Monday. Instead, he was taken home by his daughter on Wednesday “to relax,” his adviser Klaus Stoehlker said. 

“(Blatter) will be back officially in business on Tuesday next week,” Stoehlker said Wednesday. “The checkup is finished and he is recovering.”

Blatter, 79, was suspended for 90 days by FIFA’s Ethics Committee on Oct. 8 as result of an ongoing criminal investigation into his alleged mismanagement of FIFA funds. He filed an appeal two days after the suspension was handed down, and he is awaiting a hearing with the FIFA appeals committee.

Stoehlker said Thursday Blatter remains “very motivated to fight against his suspension,” despite his recent downturn in health.

Blatter announced in May that he would step down as FIFA president in February after 17 years in office. A special election for president is scheduled for Feb. 26.

- Erin Flynn

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