Sad! Ex-FIFA President Dies [SEE]

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The Death of former FIFA president has been announced by the World football governing body.

Joao Havelange who was Sepp Blatter predecessor died in his native town, Rio de Janiero at the age of 100 according to reports in Brazil.

Havelange was the first non-European chief of world football’s governing body between 1974 and 1998, when he was succeeded by Sepp Blatter and received the title of honorary president.

He resigned from the FIFA’s ceremonial role in 2013 after a report by FIFA’s ethics chairman Hans-Joachim Eckert ruled he had taken bribes as part of a scandal involving the now-defunct International Sports and Leisure (ISL) sports marketing agency.

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He competed as an Olympic swimmer for Brazil at Berlin in 1936 and was a member of their 1952 water polo team in Helsinki.

Joao Havelange (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Joao Havelange (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Havelange was Brazil’s chef de mission at the Melbourne 1956 Games before joining the International Olympic Committee in 1963.

He stood down as the IOC’s longest-serving member in 2011 with an ethics hearing pending over the International Sports and Leisure (ISL) affair.

 

 

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