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Wife of former UEFA boss 'overjoyed' he's been found

Bernard Ross worked at UEFA for 11 years

The family of Bernard Ross, who disappeared from his home in Oxford two months ago, say they are overjoyed that he has been found safe.

The former UEFA executive told his wife, Jacinta Evans, he was going to visit his sister in London on October 18, but instead he boarded a train to France, leaving behind his wallet and phone.

Bernie, who had previously been in and out of hospital to be treated for bipolar disorder, only took enough medication to last him a month.

Jacinta received a call from police yesterday to say that he had been located at a hospital near Geneva. She believes he went there himself.

I was just really, really happy. I cried. I was slightly incredulous as well because I was almost giving up.

– Jacinta
Bernard, Jacinta and their four children

Jacinta believes her husband's disappearance had been triggered by the anniversary of his dismissal from UEFA over an expenses claim.

He was pictured on CCTV earlier this month outside the UEFA building in Nyon, Switzerland, delivering cards that read "help me" in French.

Jacinta told ITV News Meridian on Monday that it was clearly a cry for help. She says she has now spoken to him and it is clear he is very unwell.

Bernard had been caught on CCTV outside the building of his former employer

He was heavily sedated when I spoke to him and a bit confused, and he clearly didn't know how long he's actually been away. So it was a bit patchy what he told me. But the old Bernie was there, he told a few jokes as well. He sounded very relieved to speak to me.

– Jacinta

Jacinta says there is still a long road ahead to help Bernie get back to good health but she is relieved that he is safe and that he will soon be back home with her and their four children.

She spoke to our reporter Emma Wilkinson before she flew to Switzerland earlier:

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