POSTED: December 4th 2011

Former FIFA boss Havelange resigns IOC over ISL case investigation

Joao Havelange lead FIFA for 24 years / SFC images
Joao Havelange lead FIFA for 24 years / SFC images

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TAMPA: The Associated Press has learned that former FIFA president Joao Havelange has sent in a letter of resignation to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) a few days prior to the upcoming executive board meeting is taking place in Lausanne.

Havelange, who was a member of the IOC for 48 years, had been under the spotlight for a kickback scandal dating back a decade concerning payments from ISL who was FIFA’s former marketing agency.

He served as FIFA president for 24 years but was succeeded by Sepp Blatter, also an IOC member, in 1998.

The IOC was investigating the ISL scandal and it was expected that Havelange would have received strong sanctions by the IOC ethics committee in the upcoming board meeting this next week.  Possible expulsion or a two year suspension was a likely to be handed down, but with his resignation the ethics case will be closed.

Two other IOC members, the head of athletics, Lamine Diack, and Issa Hayatou, chief of African football, have also been under investigation and it is likely that they will face lesser penalties.

Last year the BBC aired a documentary on Panorama that alleged that in the ISL kickback scandal Havelange took $1 million and Diack and Hayatou also received money but at the time they weren’t IOC members.    

Keywords · IOC · Joao Havelange · Lamine Diack · Issa Hayatou

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