Joao Havelange, 96, leaves hospital after 2 months



SAO PAULO (AP) — Former FIFA President Joao Havelange has been released from the hospital more than two months after he was admitted with a serious ankle infection.

The Hospital Samaritano said Monday the 96-year-old Havelange recovered from the infection and his heart and lung conditions improved enough to allow him to go home.

Havelange entered the Rio de Janeiro hospital March 18 with septic arthritis, an infection that affects joints, and several times was listed in serious condition because of heart and breathing problems.

Havelange led FIFA from 1974-98 and remains an honorary president. He resigned from the International Olympic Committee late last year, citing undisclosed health reasons. That avoided a possible suspension for allegedly taking kickbacks from former FIFA marketing partner ISL.