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Former FIFA President Joao Havelange leaves hospital after tests

Havelange was released yesterday afternoon
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Joao Havelange, the President of FIFA between 1974 and 1998, has been discharged from hospital after being admitted for tests last week for a respiratory infection.

The Brazilian, 98 years-old, has suffered with ill health in recent years and experienced a similar problem two years ago.

Havelange was appointed an honourary president of the world's governing body in lieu of his services to football but resigned the moniker in 2011 on the back of corruption allegations; some reports claim that he made upwards of $50 million in bribes pertaining to World Cup bidding.

As a youth, Havelange represented Brazil in Men's Water Polo, winning a bronze medal at the 1951 Pan-American games in Buenos Aires. 

The Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange was opened in his honour in 2007 but will not host any World Cup fixtures this summer.


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