Valcke released from hospital in Brazil

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke has been released from a

Brazilian hospital after recovering from a kidney infection.

FIFA says Valcke returned home to Switzerland on Sunday after

spending four days hospitalized in Rio de Janeiro to treat the

infection. Soccer’s governing body said Valcke ”responded very

well” to antibiotics since being admitted Wednesday.

FIFA’s top administrator said ”the result of my personal

inspection of the medical facilities here in Brazil is excellent. I

am sure that come the FIFA Confederations Cup and the FIFA World

Cup, everyone will be in good hands.”

The 52-year-old Frenchman was in Brazil for a three-day trip to

visit 2014 World Cup host cities and attend a board meeting of the

local organizing committee. He missed the board meeting because of

the illness.