London: Former FIFA President Joao Havelange has resigned from the International Olympic Committee days before an ethics hearing into his conduct, according to reports.
FIFA president from 1974-98 when he was replaced by Sepp Blatter, Havelange was under IOC investigation for his links with FIFA`s former marketing agency International Sport and Leisure (ISL).
ISL went bankrupt in 2001 with debts of around $300m. A BBC Panorama television programme alleged in 2010 that Havelange accepted money from ISL for granting lucrative World Cup contracts.
The 95-year-old Brazilian is the IOC`s longest-serving member, having joined in 1963. With his resignation the ethics case against Havelange was likely to be dropped.