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The former head of football's most senior governing body has been discharged after spending time in intensive care battling an infection in his right ankle

Ex-Fifa president Joao Havelange has returned home following the all-clear from doctors after undergoing two months of treatment for a serious infection.

Dr Joao Mansur Filho of Rio de Janeiro's Hospital Samaritano explained in a statement released on Monday that the veteran administrator had been discharged from the treatment centre and would return to his family.

According to the physician, tests on Havelange's heart, lungs and general condition had revealed that he was well enough to leave the facility.

The 96-year-old, who served as chief of the world football governing body between 1974 and 1998, was admitted in March and spent time in an intensive care unit as medics drained an abscess that had formed on his right ankle. His condition was described as critical shortly after arriving, but doctors were able to stabilise him and he left intensive care in April.

The Rio native represented his nation as a swimmer in the 1936 Olympics, and from 1958 to 1974 was the president of the Brazilian Sports Confederation, the forerunner to the current CBF football governing body.

After 48 years on the International Olympic Committee, Havelange was forced to step down in 2011 due to health reasons.

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