Former FIFA chief hospitalized in Rio

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RIO DE JANEIRO: Former FIFA president Joao Havelange, a controversial figure who spent more than two decades in charge of world football, is being treated in a Rio hospital with respiratory problems. A spokeswoman for the Samaritano Hospital, Andresa Feijo, told Agence France-Presse that the 99-year-old’s condition was “stable.” There was no further information available but a statement was expected later Friday, she said. Havelange, a two-time member of Brazil’s Olympic team, headed FIFA for 24 years and was also on the International Olympic Committee for half a century. He resigned as honorary FIFA president in 2013 under a cloud of corruption allegations.

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