Havelange undergoes procedure on infected ankle

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian hospital says doctors performed a drainage procedure on former FIFA president Joao Havelange to try to control an infection on his right ankle.

The Samaritano Hospital said in a statement Tuesday that Havelange's condition remains serious. He is breathing without the aid of a ventilator, but doctors are controlling his blood pressure.

The 95-year-old Havelange was hospitalized on March 18 with septic arthritis, a dangerous bacterial infection which affects the joints.

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. He presided over FIFA from 1974-98.

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