• Ex-FIFA president Joao Havelange dies in Brazil

    Ex-FIFA president Joao Havelange dies in Brazil

    Joao Havelange, whose two-decade presidency of FIFA saw football’s governing body transformed into a multibillion dollar business and a hotbed for subsequent corruption that damaged its reputation, has died. He was 100.

    The Brazilian had been treated for pneumonia in Rio de Janeiro’s Samaritano hospital back in July.

    The hospital said in a statement that Havelange died on Tuesday morning, but did not state cause of death.

    “The institution supports the family and friends of the sports leader,” said the brief statement.

    Born on […]