Arab Times

Suspended FIFA chief Blatter in hospital

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GENEVA, Nov 11, (AFP): Suspended FIFApresid­ent Sepp Blatter has been hospitalis­ed after being placed under medical observatio­n for stress, but he is expecting to leave the facility early next week, his spokesman said Wednesday.

“He is now, at this moment, in hospital,” Blatter’s spokesman Klaus Stoehlker told AFP by phone. “He is preparing to leave on Monday and will be back on the job on Tuesday.” Stoehlker added that 79-year-old Blatter had “regained his good humour” and has vowed to persist with “his fight against the (FIFA) ethics committee” which suspended him for 90 days over corruption allegation­s.

Blatter, long the most powerful man in football, suffered a medical incident last weekend and had been placed under medical observatio­n from his home.

Blatter’s daughter Corinne has said that her father had been forced to cancel all of his appointmen­ts up to Nov 15.

Stoehlker previously said the stress-related medical incident had been brought on by the pressure the embattled Swiss national has faced in recent weeks.

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