Ex-Fifa president Havelange dies at the age of 100, says Brazil hospital

Former Fifa president and IOC member Joao Havelange has died at the age of 100.
Former Fifa president and IOC member Joao Havelange has died at the age of 100. PHOTO: AFP

(AFP) - Joao Havelange, Brazil's corruption-tainted former Fifa president who helped bring the Olympic Games to Rio, has died at the age of 100, a hospital spokeswoman told AFP on Tuesday.

The news, first released by Brazilian media, was confirmed by Andresa Feijo, spokeswoman for the Samaritano Hospital in Rio de Janeiro. Samaritano was where Havelange had been treated for pneumonia in July.

President of the Brazilian Sports Confederation from 1956 to 1974, and head of world football governing body Fifa from 1974 to 1998, Havelange helped Brazil win bids to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.

He is credited with helping transform football into a global success story, but his legacy has been tarnished by serious corruption allegations. He resigned as honorary president of Fifa in 2013 after a report found he had taken bribes.