UEFA boss Platini hospitalised

2010-07-10 07:47

French football legend Michel Platini was rushed to hospital in

South Africa on Friday, but medical checks showed no signs of a heart attack,

according to Fifa, the football governing body.

Platini (55), the president of European football’s governing body,

UEFA, since January 2007, complained of feeling unwell while having dinner at

Johannesburg’s Le Pigalle restaurant in Sandton.

“He was tired and overworked. He also has the flu,” said close

Platini aide William Gaillard. “I have telephoned his secretary, who tells me

that he is fine.”

Fifa said: “Michel Platini fell ill tonight after developing flu

symptoms for the past days. He was hospitalised for tests. There are no signs of

a heart attack. Mr Platini will remain under observation as a precaution.”

Le Pigalle waiter Joshua Alexander said: “He fell ill while he was

seated at table number four. We called a doctor and he was taken to the


Alexander said Platini had eaten several times at the


According to witnesses, a restaurant client gave Platini cardiac

massage before a doctor arrived.

Platini, who has been in South Africa since the start of the World

Cup on June 11, was taken to the Morningside Medi-Clinic.

He was expected to spend the night at the hospital.

The World Cup final between the Netherlands and Spain takes place

in Johannesburg on Sunday night.

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