Paris - Suspended FIFA president Sepp
Blatter revealed on Sunday that he feared he was dying during a recent health
The 79-year-old, who has been banned for 90
days as the on-going probe into widespread corruption at football's world
governing body, was hospitalised earlier this month suffering from stress.
"I was close to dying. I was between
the angels who were singing and the devil who was lighting the fire, but it was
the angels who sang," Blatter told Swiss broadcaster RTS in an interview
to be aired on Wednesday.
"The pressure was enormous. At some
stage the body just says 'no', 'enough is enough'. But if you are strong
psychologically you can resist."
In September, Swiss prosecutors opened a
criminal case against Blatter over mismanagement and a suspicious $2 million
payment made in 2011 to European football chief Michel Platini, who is also
serving a 90-day ban.
But in excerpts from Wednesday's interview
which were released to the media on Sunday, Blatter hailed Platini as an
"There is an agreement...even in the
FIFA regulations that a contract can be made either in writing or orally. It is
an oral contract, a contract of work."
The payment made to Platini in 2011 was
reportedly for work the Frenchman carried out a decade earlier.
Despite his suspension, Platini is still in
the running to succeed Blatter as FIFA president when the election is held in
On the question of whether or not the UEFA
president would make a good FIFA chief, Blatter said: "Yes".
"If he comes back, he will be