Hospital says Havelange still in serious condition

Rio de Janeiro: Former FIFA president Joao Havelange has entered his second week in hospital and remains in a serious condition because of an infection in his right ankle.

The Samaritano Hospital said in a statement Monday that the 95-year-old Havelange is being treated with antibiotics and his health still requires close attention.

Havelange was hospitalized March 18 with septic arthritis, a dangerous bacterial infection which affects the joints. He is breathing without a ventilator.

He resigned from the International Olympic Committee last year citing undisclosed health reasons, avoiding a possible suspension for allegedly taking kickbacks from former FIFA marketing partner ISL in the 1990s.

Havelange presided over FIFA from 1974-98.

Bureau Report

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