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Person familiar with case: Former FIFA President Havelange resigns from IOC
LONDON (AP) ' Longtime Brazilian member Joao Havelange has resigned from the IOC, just days before facing suspension in a corruption case stemming from his days as president of FIFA, the Associated Press has learned.
A person familiar with the case says the 95-year-old Havelange ' the International Olympic Committee's longest-serving member ' submitted his resignation by letter Thursday.
The person spoke to the AP on Sunday on condition of anonymity because Havelange's decision has been kept confidential.
The move came a few days before the IOC executive board was due to sanction Havelange in the ISL kickbacks case. Havelange, an IOC member since 1963, faced a long suspension or even possible expulsion for allegedly receiving $1 million from FIFA's former marketing agency.