FIFA’s Sepp Blatter Taken to Hospital After Suffering Breakdown

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter leaves the press conference at the Extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee Meeting at the FIFA headquarters on July 20, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter leaves the press conference at the Extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee Meeting at the FIFA headquarters on July 20, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland.

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Suspended FIFA President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter is recovering in the hospital after suffering a “small breakdown,” his spokesman said.

Blatter, will probably remain in the hospital until Tuesday, Klaus Stoehlker said by phone on Wednesday.

“He’s laughing and his whole charm is back,” Stoehlker said. “He’s a little bit weak so that’s why he will stay until he’s fully recovered.”

The Swiss attorney general in September opened a criminal investigation into allegations that Blatter, the head of global soccer’s governing body, was involved in an illicit payment to European soccer chief Michel Platini.

Blatter is confident of appealing the suspension, Stoehlker said. The 79-year-old has delivered “meters and meters” of documents to prove his innocence.

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