Infection of FIFA's ailing ex-chief under control: doctors

11 May 2012 06:46

Doctors on Friday reported a "significant improvement" in the ankle infection of FIFA's ailing former president Joao Havelange, 96, and said he was moved out of the semi-intensive care unit of Rio's Samaritano hospital.

Joao Mansur Filho, head of the hospital's coronary unit said in a statement that after a week-long evaluation, the "clinical state of the FIFA's honorary president shows a significant improvement."

"The infection diagnosed in the right ankle of the patient is under control. The antibiotic treatment which was performed intravenously is now being done orally," the statement added.

The former FIFA head, who was admitted to the hospital March 18, was moved from the semi-intensive care unit to a room, according to the statement, which said there was no expectation of an early discharge.

Havelange, who headed FIFA from 1974 to 1998 is credited with turning football into the moneymaking industry it is today.

But he resigned as a member of the International Olympic Committee in December after 48 years just days before an ethics hearing into allegations of corruption.

He is the former father-in-law of Ricardo Teixeira, who recently resigned as head of Brazilian football and as chief of Brazil's organizing committee for the 2014 World Cup following a spate of corruption allegations.

Havelange also was instrumental in bringing the Olympics to Rio de Janeiro and to South America for the first time when in 2009 the IOC elected the city as the 2016 host.

Source: AFP