Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter in ‘serious condition’ in hospital

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Ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter is in hospital in a 'serious but stable' condition.

The disgraced former football chief, 84, is expected to pull through after being rushed in on Thursday, according to reports in Switzerland.

His daughter Corinne announced the surprise news to Blick, saying: "My father is in the hospital and is getting better every day. He needs time and rest.

"On behalf of my family, I ask for privacy."

Blatter was removed from FIFA's top job back in 2015 after 17 years of heading up the footballing governing body.

He was accused of corruption throughout his time in the post and was forced to step down ahead of the 2015 elections.

In recent weeks, FIFA has issued a complaint of “criminal mismanagement” against Blatter.

FIFA's deputy secretary general Alasdair Bell said: "Given the massive costs associated with this museum, as well as the general way of working of the previous FIFA management, a forensic audit was conducted in order to find out what really happened here.

"That audit revealed a wide range of suspicious circumstances and management failures, some of which may be criminal in nature and need to be properly investigated by the relevant authorities.

"We came to the conclusion that we had no choice other than to report the case to state prosecutors, not least because the current management of FIFA also has fiduciary responsibilities to the organisation and we intend to live up to them, even if those before us dismally failed to."

Blatter vehemently denies wrongdoing. “The accusations are baseless and are vehemently repudiated,” his lawyer Lorenz Erni said.

The complaint has been sent to Swiss prosecutors in Zurich, with FIFA vowing to bring Blatter to account.

The museum project began in 2013, two years before Blatter, who was FIFA president for 17 years, resigned.

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