Havelange quits before hearing

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Joao Havelange, the former Fifa president, who was the longest serving member of the International Olympic Committee, has resigned just days before he was due to face an ethics hearing into accusations of corruption.

The 95-year-old Brazilian was implicated in the fallout from the collapse of Fifa's marketing arm ISL 10 years ago. Last year the BBC's Panorama claimed that Havelange accepted money from ISL for granting lucrative World Cup contracts.