Havelange steps down after FIFA ethics probe

Joao Havelange has stepped down as honorary president of FIFA after it was revealed that he had received bribe money, according to Sky Sports.

The world governing body’s ethics committee singled out the Brazilian as having received cash for favours – along with executive committee members Ricardo Teixeira and Nicolas Leoz, who have already resigned from FIFA.

But president Sepp Blatter’s conduct was not called into question, with FIFA Adjudicatory Chamber chairman Hans-Joachim Eckert simply labelling his handling of the case as “clumsy”.

Blatter said: “I also note with satisfaction that this report confirms that ‘President Blatter’s conduct could not be classified in any way as misconduct with regard to any ethics rules’.

I have no doubt that FIFA, thanks to the governance reform process that I proposed, now has the mechanisms and means to ensure that such an issue – which has caused untold damage to the reputation of our institution – does not happen again.

The investigation was initiated after the collapse of marketing partners ISL, with questions having been asked over the integrity of some FIFA officials.

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