Blatter home after “small emotional breakdown”

Ian Watson

Sepp Blatter has been discharged from hospital after what was described as a “small emotional breakdown”.

The outgoing FIFA president, currently suspended for 90 days amid a corruption scandal, was admitted to hospital in Zurich for a check-up due to stress last week.

He was expected to remain there until the beginning of next week but has now been released, his advisor Klaus Stoehlker has confirmed.

“He is fine, but he has just been told to relax for a few days,” said Stoehlker, who added that 79-year-old Blatter was preparing to continue his fight against his suspension.

Blatter has had criminal proceedings opened against him in connection with a £1.3million “disloyal payment” made to Michel Platini in 2011, and the sale of World Cup TV rights to former Caribbean football chief Jack Warner.