FIFA ex-president Havelange hospitalised in Rio

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Former FIFA president Joao Havelange, 99, has been admitted to a hospital in Rio de Janeiro for lung problems.

His condition is “stable”, Rio’s Samaritano Hospital said in a brief statement on Friday. Havelange was also hospitalied last year for the same problem, reported Xinhua.

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Havelange led FIFA for 24 years between 1974 and 1988 before being succeeded by Sepp Blatter. He also served as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from 1963 to 2011.

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However, the Brazilian has been embroiled in controversy in recent years.

He resigned from the IOC in 2011, citing unspecified health problems. By stepping down, he avoided a possible suspension for allegedly taking kickbacks from former FIFA marketing partner ISL. He became the longest-serving active member upon his resignation.

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After his IOC resignation, he was also forced to resign as FIFA’s honorary president.

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