Havelange, 95, remains in hospital with infection
Friday, March 23, 2012
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Former FIFA President Joao Havelange remains hospitalized in Brazil for a bacterial infection in his right ankle.
The Samaritano Hospital said in a statement Friday the 95-year-old Havelange is breathing without a ventilator but his condition still requires close attention.
Havelange was hospitalized Sunday with septic arthritis, a dangerous bacterial infection that affects the joints. It remains unclear if the infection has spread.
Havelange led FIFA from 1974-98. He resigned from the International Olympic Committee last year, citing undisclosed health reasons. He avoided possible suspension for allegedly taking kickbacks from former FIFA marketing partner ISL in the 1990s.