FIFA offers sympathy for slain Bermudan pair

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has sent a letter of condolence to the Bermudan football family offering his unwavering support and sympathy upon hearing news of the recent murder of two of the country’s up-and-coming football prospects.

Jason Smith, 22 and a striker for PHC football club, was shot dead on the Caribbean island on 1 May. That killing came just one month after fellow footballer Randy Robinson of Devonshire Cougars, also 22, was gunned down.

We would hope that in some way, our words of support may help bring a little bit of peace and solace in this time of sadness.
Blatter in a letter to Bermuda's FA


“It is with a sad heart that I write to you today, having learned of the senseless murder of Jason Smith and Randy Robinson,” said President Blatter in a letter to the Bermudan Football Association. “On behalf of FIFA and the worldwide football family, I wish to extend our condolences to you, to the Bermuda football community, and most of all, to Jason Smith and Randy Robinson’s family, friends and loved ones."

Smith and Robinson were considered among the country’s best footballing prospects, and looked to have bright futures ahead of them. “Please let them [the family and friends of the deceased] know that today the football community stands by their side,” the FIFA President added.

“We would hope that in some way, our words of support may help bring a little bit of peace and solace in this time of sadness,” he concluded.