Ex-FIFA head Joao Havelange back in intensive care



SAO PAULO (AP) — Former FIFA President Joao Havelange is back in the intensive care unit with a heart problem and is struggling to breathe.

Samaritano Hospital said Monday the 95-year-old Brazilian is in serious condition.

Havelange was hospitalized March 18 for septic arthritis, a serious bacterial infection that affects joints. But he responded well to antibiotics and had been out of intensive care for the past week.

Havelange was president of FIFA from 1974-98. He resigned from the IOC late last year, citing undisclosed health reasons. That avoided a possible suspension for allegedly taking kickbacks from former FIFA marketing partner ISL.