Blatter laments Boston tragedy
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The Boston Marathon bombings sent a ripple of devastation through the world on Monday. Two explosions, near the finish line of the annual event, left three people dead (as of 17 April) and countless more injured – many of them severely.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has expressed his deepest sympathy in a joint letter to Thomas Grilk and Thomas M. Menino, the respective Executive Director of the Boston Athletic Commission and Mayor of Boston.

He wrote: “I would like to express my deepest anger and distress at the cruel bombings that claimed the lives of innocent persons and injured many others at Monday’s Boston Marathon – a terrible tragedy for this proud event, the city of Boston and above all, its people.

“It is important for the international sporting community to stand together in condemning these cowardly actions, which are not only an attack on the citizens of Boston, but also on sport itself and its ethics of discipline, respect and fair play, which we must continue to upheld in the face of society’s problems, even if it is admittedly difficult to think of such things at this sad time.

“Having said that, my immediate thoughts and sympathies go out to the victims and their families, and I would also like to wish all those assisting with your city’s recovery from this tragic incident strength and courage in these difficult moments.”