Blatter discharged from hospital

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Sepp Blatter

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.

“He 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,”

Stoehlker told Reuters in an interview.

“He’s recovering very fast.”

Blatter, who last month was suspended for 90 days

by FIFA’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 general’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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