Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter suffers small nervous breakdown

November 11, 2015
Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter has suffered a nervous breakdown.

Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter is now in hospital after suffering a "small breakdown", the BBC reports.

It is understood he suffered what has been called "a nervous shock" but is expected to make a full recovery.

He will remain in hospital until next Tuesday after being admitted initially for a check-up last week.

Five days ago, Blatter's lawyer Richard Cullen said the Swiss had undergone stress-related health checks in hospital, but added: "He is fine and expects to be home shortly."

Blatter, 79, was slapped with a 90-day provisional suspension by FIFA's ethics committee after he was implicated in a corruption scandal with Michel Platini, president of the European Football Associations (UEFA).

According to the BBC, Blatter is reportedly "fully fighting against the ethics committee decision" and has told friends "no committee can put me out of the game".

Blatter is being investigated because of claims that he mis-sold a World Cup TV rights contract to the disgraced former Fifa official Jack Warner in 2006.

He is also accused of making a £1.35m payment to Frenchman Platini for consultation work.

Blatter has been FIFA president for 18 years has denied any wrongdoing.

Seven candidates will stand in FIFA's presidential election to succeed Blatter on 26 February 2016.

 

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