FIFA notes with great sadness and dismay the death of Robert Louis-Dreyfus on Saturday. Louis-Dreyfus, major shareholder of French Ligue 1 club Olympique de Marseille, Chairman of the Board of the international sports marketing company Infront Sports & Media, and board member of Belgian club Standard Liege, passed away on Saturday in a Zurich hospital at the age of 63. Louis-Dreyfus was appointed head of his family holding company Louis-Dreyfus Group in 2000, and previously chaired Europe's largest sports equipment manufacturer adidas from April 1993 until early 2001.
The international footballing family benefited hugely from Robert Louis-Dreyfus's ceaseless and invaluable commitment. His passion for the sport extended far beyond his generous financial commitment, as he actively deployed his thorough understanding of the footballing world to help shape the modern game, especially in Marseille.
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter commented: "Our family of football will miss Robert Louis-Dreyfus. He contributed hugely to the game of football, not only with his visionary business sense, but especially with his heart. Our thoughts are solely with Robert Louis-Dreyfus's family at this difficult time. We wish them all the strength they will need to bear this painful loss. I will personally miss Robert enormously."