ZURICH: FIFA’s suspended president Sepp Blatter has been diagnosed as suffering from ‘stress’ after being taken ill at the weekend writes KEIR RADNEDGE.
The 79-year-old underwent a check-up in hospital and has been has been ordered by doctors to stay home and take five days off work.
His daughter, Corinne, has said he has cancelled all appointments until November as a precaution.
Blatter, suspended for 90 days last month by the FIFA ethics committee pending an investigation into allegations of misconduct in office, consulted a doctor after feeling unwell.
He has remained busy during his suspension, undertaking a string of self-justifying interviews in which he has repeatedly blamed UEFA president Michel Platini for the world federation’s recent problems.
Adviser and friend Klaus Stohlker said: “He has been told to rest for the next five days. It is nothing dramatic . . . I’ve spoken to him today and he says he will be back in his private office on Thursday.
“The doctors told him to stay cool and relaxed for a few days, and that’s what he’s doing.
“There’s not only, I think, the world’s media who want to talk to him (Blatter), who are asking for him. There are also many other pressure groups who have raised questions about him.
“He has so much to do with all these commissions, with all these lawyers. It’s good for him to relax a few days under medical control.”
Blatter had cancelled an interview with Swiss television that was planned for next week.