Fifa’s Blat­ter treated for se­vere stress

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ZURICH: Sus­pended Fifa pres­i­dent Sepp Blat­ter, his fed­er­a­tion mired in a cor­rup­tion cri­sis, is be­ing treated by doc­tors for stress and has been or­dered to re­main at home, his former pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer said last night.

The 79-year-old Swiss, who was last month sus­pended for 90 days by the ethics com­mit­tee of soc­cer’s world gov­ern­ing body, is un­der “tremen­dous pres­sure” and has been or­dered to stay at home, Klaus Stoehlker, a close con­fi­dant, said.

“He is not in hospi­tal, he was never in hospi­tal, but he is un­der con­trol of the doc­tors,” Stoehlker said.

Fifa, which is based in Zurich, has been in tur­moil since 14 soc­cer of­fi­cials and sports mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tives in­clud­ing two Fifa vice-pres­i­dents were in­dicted by the US in May.

Since then, Swiss author­i­ties have opened their own in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Fifa’s ac­tiv­i­ties and the ethics com­mit­tee has sus­pended Blat­ter and Michel Pla­tini, the pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean gov­ern­ing body Uefa who had been favourite to re­place him, for 90 days.

“He (Blat­ter) is un­der med­i­cal eval­u­a­tion, the doc­tors took him out for a few days, but ex­pect him to be back (in cir­cu­la­tion) around Thurs­day or Fri­day of next week,” said Stoehlker.

“He is un­der tremen­dous pres­sure from so many sides and per­haps this is a lit­tle bit dif­fi­cult for a man who is not the youngest.

“So they took him out for a few days.

“I saw him this morn­ing and he will re­cover.”

Blat­ter, who of­ten im­presses ob­servers with his bound­less en­ergy, has been Fifa pres­i­dent since 1998. – Reuters

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