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Havelange out after scandal

30 April 2013, 10:33

Zurich - Joao Havelange has resigned as honorary FIFA president in a Soccer World Cup bribery scandal.

FIFA ethics court judge Joachim Eckert says in a ruling published on Tuesday by FIFA that Havelange resigned on April 18.

Eckert cleared current FIFA president Sepp Blatter of wrongdoing in the case, which involved millions of dollars in kickbacks from World Cup contracts marketed by now-defunct agency ISL.

Eckert says "no further proceedings related to the ISL matter are warranted against any other football official."

The German judge notes that Nicolas Leoz resigned as South America's football president last week.

Havelange, who was FIFA president from 1974-98, and his former son-in-law Ricardo Teixeira received tens of millions of dollars in improper payments before ISL collapsed in 2001.

Eckert says this pre-dated FIFA's current ethics code.

- AP


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