FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has expressed his sadness at the death of HRH the Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia. In a letter to HRH Prince Nawaf Bin Faisal Bin Abdulaziz, president of the Saudi Arabian Football Association, Blatter conveyed the condolences of the international football family and revealed that the FIFA flag at its Zurich headquarters will be flown at half-mast as a mark of respect.
He wrote: “It is with great sadness in my heart that I write to you today, having learned last Saturday of the passing away of HRH the Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence and Aviation, whom I had the pleasure of meeting personally during my visit in March 2010.
"On behalf of all the members of the international football family who had the pleasure of knowing the Crown Prince and who respected and trusted him, I should be extremely grateful if you could extend our deepest condolences to his Majesty HRH King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, to his family, friends and loved ones, as well as to all the members of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation.”
Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, who was made a Crown Prince in 2005, filled several positions of major influence in Saudi Arabia and was first in the country's line of succession, passed away on Saturday at the age of 80.