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Suspended FIFA chief Blatter suffered minor breakdown

November 11, 2015, 18:58 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to Blatter’s friend and adviser Klaus Stohlker, the 79-year-old suspended FIFA official would return to his duties beginning next Tuesday
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MOSCOW, November 11. /TASS/. Temporary suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who was reported to be hospitalized earlier in the day, is recovering and will be back at work starting next week, Blatter’s friend and adviser Klaus Stohlker told TASS.

"He had a minor breakdown, went through a medical check-up and is recovering now," Stohlker said in an interview with TASS adding that the 79-year-old suspended FIFA official would return to his duties beginning next Tuesday.

"I phoned him this morning and he is fine. Next Tuesday he will be back officially. Don’t worry," Stohlker said.

In September, Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini were suspended for the period of 90 days as part of the investigation into corruption allegations.

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) of Switzerland announced on September 23 that it had opened criminal proceedings against FIFA President Blatter "on suspicion of criminal mismanagement as well as — alternatively — on suspicion of misappropriation."

Among a number of corruption allegations, Blatter is suspected of a disloyal payment of 2 million Swiss francs to UEFA President Platini in February 2011, the OAG announced. Their suspension came into force starting early this month.

While they are both temporarily suspended, Angel Maria Villar Llona is the acting president of UEFA and Issa Hayatou is the acting president of FIFA.

Sepp Blatter was reelected for his fifth consecutive four-year presidential term on May 29, when his only rival Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan pulled out after the first round of vote.

However, addressing a news conference in Zurich on June 2, Blatter said he decided to lay down his mandate at FIFA extraordinary elective Congress. FIFA announced in July that the election of the new president would be held next year on February 26.

An unprecedented corruption scandal flared up in FIFA in the morning of May 27, one day before the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, as seven of the organization’s high-ranking officials were arrested in Switzerland on bribery, money laundering and corruption charges. The scandal involves two separate criminal proceedings.

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