UEFA president Michel Platini has been released from hospital this morning after fainting in a Johannesburg restaurant yesterday evening.
Platini was rushed to the Morningside Medi-Clinic in Sandton after keeling over on the table at the Pigalle restaurant, and the initial assumption was that the former French international midfielder had suffered a heart-attack.
However, Platini’s special adviser William Gaillard was quick to scotch the mounting concern, telling Press Association Sport yesterday;
“He’s fine. He’s conscious and a heart attack has been ruled out.
He has had a bit of a fever recently because he’s got a cold and hadn’t eaten anything all day.”
When asked whether Platini would we well enough to attend the World Cup final, Gaillard replied;
“I don’t know. The fact is obviously with VIPs they’re going to do all sorts of tests, so we don’t know when he will be released but I was told not to worry.”
After undergoing a series of cardiac tests overnight, results this morning have confirmed that Platini had no heart problems to speak of, and that his collapse was probably just due to his relatively low blood-sugar level.
In a joint statement, both FIFA and UEFA confirmed the 55-year-old’s release from hospital;
“Michel Platini, UEFA president, was released at 9am this morning from the hospital in Johannesburg where he was admitted last night after feeling unwell.
All the medical tests conducted were normal and Mr Platini is looking forward to attending the final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup tomorrow in Soccer City stadium.”
Get well soon Michel.