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UEFA Says President Recuperating

September 20, 2000

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) _ European soccer chief Lennart Johansson had recovered from a minor heart operation and was back watching Olympic soccer matches, the Sydney 2000 organizing committee said Wednesday.

The 70-year-old UEFA president ``presented himself″ at Royal Adelaide Hospital last Friday, complaining of heart problems and swollen feet, Olympic soccer spokeswoman Jenny Turner said.

``He’s back walking and talking again and, from all reports, he’s recovering very well,″ Turner said.

Johansson was fitted with a pacemaker and was discharged Monday from the Adelaide hospital. He recovered in an Adelaide hotel before going to Hindmarsh Stadium Tuesday to watch the 1-1 tie between Italy and Nigeria.

Turner said Johansson had met with FIFA president Sepp Blatter in Adelaide on Wednesday and the pair would attend the South Korea vs. Chile Olympic soccer match later that night.

UEFA chief executive Gerhard Aigner released a statement saying Johansson was ``already on the way to a full recovery following a slight adverse reaction to his flight to Australia,″ for the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

``Following a few days’ rest he will be back to normal duties,″ he added.

Johansson has been UEFA president since 1990.

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