Blatter shocked after Syrian player killed

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has written to the Syrian Football Association President Salah Edeen Ramadan expressing his shock after a mortar attack in Damascus killed youth international Youssef Suleiman and injured four others.

The 19-year-old striker, who played for Al Wathba of Homs, died from his injuries in hospital after the explosion struck outside the team’s hotel as the team were about to head to training at the near-by Tishrin stadium.

“I was very shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic incident on Wednesday that claimed the life of a Syrian football player and left four other people wounded,” the FIFA President said.

“Both personally, and on behalf of FIFA and the worldwide football community, I wish to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the young footballer, to you and to everyone at the Syrian Football Association."

Blatter added: “The football community stands by their side at this time of sorrow. I hope that the other four wounded people are in a stable condition and wish them much strength and courage and a speedy recovery. My thoughts are also with them and their families.”