Thursday, 12 November 2015

Sepp Blatter Hospitalized, Now leaves Hospital

Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter, his federation mired in a corruption crisis, is in hospital for medical checks but should be discharged soon, his U.S. lawyer said on Friday.
His former public relations officer, Klaus Stoehlker, said the 79-year-old Swiss, who was last month suspended for 90 days by the Ethics Committee of football’s world governing body, was under “tremendous pressure from so many sides”. He said he was suffering stress but was at home.

Later, however, Blatter’s U.S. based lawyer Richard Cullen issued a statement saying:
“Because there have been media inquiries, I am announcing that President Blatter is in the hospital for a medical checkup. He is fine and expects to be home shortly.
FIFA, which is based in Zurich, has been in turmoil since 14 football officials and sports marketing executives, including two FIFA vice-presidents, were indicted by the United States in May.
Since then, Swiss authorities have opened their own investigation into FIFA’s activities, and the Ethics Committee has suspended both 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, the doctors expect to him 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…I saw him this morning and he will recover.”
Blatter, who often impresses observers with his boundless energy, has been FIFA president since 1998.
He won a fifth mandate in May but, as pressure mounted, performed an about-turn four days later, announced he was stepping down and called a new Congress, which will take place 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 Platini in 2011 for work carried out by the Frenchman between 1998 and 2002.
Both men, who are suspended pending a full Ethics Committee investigation, have denied any wrongdoing. Blatter has said he still hopes to take part in the congress in February.
Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter, his federation mired in a corruption crisis, is in hospital for medical checks but should be discharged soon, his U.S. lawyer said on Friday.
His former public relations officer, Klaus Stoehlker, said the 79-year-old Swiss, who was last month suspended for 90 days by the Ethics Committee of football’s world governing body, was under “tremendous pressure from so many sides”. He said he was suffering stress but was at home.
Later, however, Blatter’s U.S. based lawyer Richard Cullen issued a statement saying:
“Because there have been media inquiries, I am announcing that President Blatter is in the hospital for a medical checkup. He is fine and expects to be home shortly.
FIFA, which is based in Zurich, has been in turmoil since 14 football officials and sports marketing executives, including two FIFA vice-presidents, were indicted by the United States in May.
Since then, Swiss authorities have opened their own investigation into FIFA’s activities, and the Ethics Committee has suspended both 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, the doctors expect to him 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…I saw him this morning and he will recover.”
Blatter, who often impresses observers with his boundless energy, has been FIFA president since 1998.
He won a fifth mandate in May but, as pressure mounted, performed an about-turn four days later, announced he was stepping down and called a new Congress, which will take place 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 Platini in 2011 for work carried out by the Frenchman between 1998 and 2002.
Both men, who are suspended pending a full Ethics Committee investigation, have denied any wrongdoing. Blatter has said he still hopes to take part in the congress in February.
 Leaves Hospital
Suspended FIFA boss Sepp Blatter has left hospital and returned home after being admitted over a stress-related medical incident, his spokesman said on Thursday.
Blatter
Spokesman Klaus Stoehlker said the scandal-tainted Blatter was picked up from the hospital by his daughter Corinne late on Wednesday and taken back to his home in Switzerland’s Valais region.
On Wednesday, the spokesman confirmed that the long-serving FIFA leader had been in the hospital for several days with a condition that was not considered serious.
Stoehlker reiterated that position on Thursday, insisting that Blatter’s “condition is really good.”
“He will be back at his private office in Zurich on Tuesday,” the spokesman said.




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