Blatter Hospitalized, Refuses to Quit
Suspended President of Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), Joseph Blatter, is in hospital with an undisclosed illness but insists he will not quit.
His adviser, Klaus Stoehlker, disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday in Zurich.
“He is in the recovery stagee, the doctors say that he can work again from next Tuesday onwards,” Stoehlker said.
He did not reveal the reason for Blatter’s hospitalisation but said “he told me that his head and heart are ok.”
Blatter, 79, was last week told by doctors to rest and was hospitalised at the weekend, according to Stoehlker.
It would be recalled that Blatter and European Football Association (UEFA) President, Michel Platini, were provisionally suspended for 90 days on Oct. 8 by FIFA Ethics Committee in connection with a “disloyal payment”
Blatter was also suspected of mismanagement in one other case in a Swiss criminal probe.
The embattled president and Platini had said they were innocent and appealed the ruling.
It was gathered that if the appeal fails, he may approach the Court of Arbitration for Sports as he seeks to stay on the job as planned until an extraordinary FIFA congress set for February, 2016.
“I am the elected FIFA president; I was elected by the 209 member federations of FIFA and no commission in the world can remove me,” Blatter said recently.