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Somali official Addo dies

Farah Addo
Addo was a footballer and referee before moving into administration
Former Somali football chief Farah Addo has died of a heart attack, at the age of 68.

Addo served as president of the Somali football association and vice-president of the Confederation of African Football (Caf), and was formerly one of the continent's top officials in charge of refereeing.

He also courted controversy, however, receiving a 10-year international ban from Fifa in 2004 after being found guilty of corruption.

Addo was alleged to have taken thousands of dollars provided to the Somalia Football Federation (SFF) by Fifa.

He was fined US$40,000 when he was found to have diverted funds provided to the SFF as part of Fifa's financial assistance programme.

In April, Fifa president Sepp Blatter lifted the ban after accepting an appeal for clemency from the former Somali football boss.

Addo, who also served as the chairman of the Somalia Olympic Committee, had been a fierce critic of Blatter during his campaign for the Fifa presidency.

He was also suspended for two years in 2002 after media reports quoted him saying that some African delegates were offered bribes to support Blatter.

Caf president Issa Hayatou paid tribute to Addo, saying he "regretted the loss of one of the most dedicated collaborators who spent over a quarter of a century helping to develop the game on the continent".

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see also
Ban lifted for Somalia's Addo
08 Apr 08 |  African
Addo resigns from Caf
17 Oct 04 |  African
Addo hits back at Fifa
30 Jul 04 |  African
Addo details Blatter plot
17 Mar 02 |  Africa
Addo blasts Fifa rankings
30 Dec 01 |  Africa

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