I was close to death – Blatter

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Sepp Blatter

The suspended FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, on

Monday said he was “very close to death” when he

was hospitalised earlier in the month, over stress-

related problems.

Blatter said in an interview in Zurich that he was

between “the angels singing and the devil lighting

the fire.”

The Swiss said “the pressure was enormous’’ in his

job lately as FIFA has been battered by corruption

allegations and probes.”

He was suspended last month after the start of a

Swiss criminal probe against him on suspicion of

mismanagement and a “disloyal payment’’ made to

UEFA chief, Michel Platini, who is also suspended.

Both face bans from football as the investigatory

chamber of FIFA ethics committee has filed its

reports to the adjudicatory chamber and called for


A final ruling could come before the end of the

year, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.



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