POSTED: March 19th 2012

Havelange: Former FIFA president IOC member ill in Brazil in serious condition

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TAMPA: Joao Havelange has been admitted to the Samaritano Hospital in Rio de Janeiro reported in serious condition with an infection.

The 95-year-old former FIFA president IOC member is being treated and reportedly his doctor,  Joao Mansur Filho, has said in a statement that 'His condition is serious and requires close attention’.

Havelange was at the helm of the international soccer federation from 1974 to 1998 when Sepp Blatter took over however he remains FIFA Honorary President to this day. He recently resigned from the IOC in December due to allegations of kickbacks from former FIFA marketing partner ISL.

He was involved with two other members from the IOC, Issa Hayatou, head of the Confederation of African Football and Lamine Diack, chief of the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) who were subsequently sanctioned by the IOC ethics commission over the incident.

However Havelange is widely viewed as the one who was behind the massive expansion of the sport by opening up the World Cup finals to more teams and helping to make it one of the largest sporting events in the world and consequently adding to its wealth and power.

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