Havelange recovering well after heart problems



SAO PAULO (AP) — Doctors say former FIFA President Joao Havelange is improving after heart and breathing problems sent him back to intensive care at a Brazilian hospital.

Doctors say the 95-year-old Havelange is getting better from the cardiac and respiratory problems that left him in serious condition at the Samaritano Hospital, where he has been hospitalized for more than three weeks because of an infection to his right ankle.

Dr. Joao Mansur Filho says Havelange will return to semi-intensive care as soon as possible.

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