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Monday, April 2, 2012
Joao Havelange to leave ICU

Associated Press

SAO PAULO -- Former FIFA president Joao Havelange is set to leave intensive care, where he is being treated for an infected right ankle.

The Samaritano Hospital said in a statement the 95-year-old Brazilian is in stable condition and will be transferred to a semi-intensive care unit Monday.

The hospital says Havelange is "responding well to treatment." He has been hospitalized since March 18 because of septic arthritis, a serious bacterial infection that affects joints.

Havelange presided over soccer's governing body from 1974-98. He resigned as a member of the International Olympic Committee late last year, citing undisclosed health reasons. That avoided a possible suspension for allegedly taking kickbacks from former FIFA marketing partner ISL.