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Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011

Ex-IOC chief resigns amid allegations


Geneva — After nearly a half century in the Olympic movement, former FIFA President Joao Havelange has left the IOC under a cloud of corruption allegations.

The 95-year-old Brazilian's resignation from the IOC was confirmed by the Olympic body and FIFA on Monday, three days before he faced possible suspension for allegedly taking kickbacks as president of FIFA.

Havelange led the soccer group from 1974-98. He joined the IOC in 1963 and was its longest-standing member.

The IOC's executive board was preparing to rule Thursday on claims that Havelange took a $1 million kickback from World Cup marketing deals while FIFA president. FIFA said in a statement to the AP on Monday that the IOC closed its ethics case against Havelange, having "taken note" of the resignation.

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