The 79 year old, who has been banned for 90 days as the ongoing probe into widespread corruption at football's world governing body was hospitalized earlier this month suffering
from stress.
"I was close to dying. I was between the angels who were singing and the devil who was lighting the fire, but it was the angels who sang," Blatter said.
In September, Swiss prosecutors opened a criminal case against Blatter over mismanagement and a suspicious USD 2 million payment made in 2011 to European football chief Michel Platini, who is also serving a 90-day ban.
But in excerpts from Wednesday's interview which were released to the media on Sunday, Blatter hailed Platini as an 'honest man'.

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