Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter has said he feared he was dying during a recent health scare.
Blatter, 79, who is serving a 90-day suspension from football, spent six days in hospital earlier this month with a stress-related illness.
“I was between the angels who were singing and the devil who was lighting the fire, but it was the angels who sang,” said Blatter.
“I was close to dying. At some stage the body says ‘no, enough is enough’.”
Blatter, who has been in charge of football’s world governing body for nearly 18 years, was provisionally suspended after being accused of signing a contract “unfavourable” to FIFA and making a “disloyal payment” to UEFA President Michel Platini.